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After prayers, balloons were released for Alina BigJohny at Wayne High School in August 2011.

Indiana State Fair remembers stage collapse 1 year later

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair has paused to remember the victims of a deadly stage collapse one year ago that prompted sweeping overhauls of the fair’s emergency plan and new regulations for temporary stages.

The fair shut down all activities for a few minutes at 8:46 p.m., the exact moment on Aug. 13, 2011, when high winds sent stage rigging crashing onto a crowd of fans awaiting a concert by country duo Sugarland. Seven people died and dozens were injured.

Rides and shuttle buses stopped shortly before the moment of silence. Concessions turned off all music.

The collapse spurred key changes at the fair after two investigations found that the stage rigging wasn’t strong enough to meet building codes and the fair’s developed emergency plan was inadequate.

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