Taste of Country concert dodges rain drops

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- They came to the concert during a Thunderstorm Watch, but they came just the same.

Nearly 25,000 fans turned out at Coca Cola Field hoping the rain held out for six different country music acts at the WYRK Taste of Country.

“The weather’s holding up good so far. We drove to get here in a little bit of a thunderstorm.” said Eden resident Mary Lee Roush.

Patrick Burke of South Buffalo thought the weather was perfect for a country concert. “I’ve seen a lotta concerts in the rain and they’ve all been great.”

Plenty of folks wore cowboy hats and some covered in plastic. Three years ago at the Taste of Country, a storm kept the headliner, Eric Church from taking the stage. Chris Traynor of Cheektowaga was there in 2012. “I was really mad. If they do that this year I’ll be really bummed. I’ll just drink more.”

“It’s a lotta fun we come with a large group of people and we just have a good party” said Debbie Lerner of Alden. We’ve done concerts at Darien Lake in the rain and we said we’re prepared.”

The concert was uninterupted by rain, and the headliner Dierks Bentley took the stage just before 11pm.

One quick downpour late this afternoon soaked some of the vendors setting up for this weekend’s Allentown Art Festival. This is the first year artist Lisa Davin came from Florida. “We spent the day in Niagara Falls and came home chasing the clouds looking like this. Like let’s go let’s go. If this is it, if we’re done, I’m okay.”

The Allentown Arts Festival runs Saturday from 10am UNTIL 7pm, and Sunday from 10am until 6pm.

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