Above: Volunteers Dave Hooks and daughter Amy Hooks of Nicholasville carried couch cushions from the Ichthus Festival's youth leader's tent after it was knocked down during an overnight storm. Below: A utility pole at the Ichthus Festival site was snapped in three pieces by Monday night's storms. Copyrighted Lexington Herald-Leader photos by Charles Bertram.
Last night's severe thunderstorms ravaged the Ichthus Festival site, which was essentially ready to go for the start of the festival Thursday.
Festival director Jeff James said he was "mesmerized," looking at the grounds at Ichthus Farm, which he described as, "a disaster area," with tents blown down and torn and tables and chairs tossed about the site.
Ichthus has had a history of bad luck with weather, including the 2005 event that saw a severe thunderstorm on Friday night and snow the next day. That prompted the festival to move from late April to June, to avoid Kentucky's unpredictable early spring weather. Since that move in 2006, the festival has not had any weather-related troubles, until this morning.
UPDATE: Festival operations director Doug Baker says that camping will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, as scheduled, and the Gotee Records showcase as 7 p.m. is still on.
Read Shawntaye Hopkins' accounts of storm damage at Ichthus and around Central Kentucky.
Watch this site and LexGo.com for more information about the storms' impact on Ichthus.