SHARPSBURG - The power went out during the first line of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and by the time the rodeo crowd's a capella rendition reached "home of the brave," several hundred people began running for cover from a fast-moving thunderstorm Saturday night.
Many of those attending the Forever Blue Rodeo at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center scrambled for their cars or huddled under the stands, hoping the storm would pass. The bronco riding competition actually went on, but organizers decided to postpone the other events until today at 2 p.m.
Performers for Bullride Mania of Gettysburg, Pa., were anxious to get on with the show Saturday night, but the rain, wind and lightning persisted long enough to postpone the bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and other competitions.
The rodeo is a fundraiser for the Clear Spring FFA Alumni.