Down at the grounds, ominous clouds were spotted rolling in fast around 4 p.m. No one thought much of it , most expecting a bit of drizzle before the day was out. Then, very quickly, the hail was coming down so thick you couldn’t see ten feet in front of you.
It piled up two inches thick in the corners of the midway while water poured down the middle of the streets. The drains were overwhelmed and stampede-goers were diving under tents, awnings and into buildings to avoid the storm.
Stampede is one of the busiest times of year for the food bank. We’re at pancake breakfast after pancake breakfast all week collecting food and funds for our Put the Boots to Hunger campaign. Come visit us at our event tables and bring a non-perishable food item to donate while you munch down on pancakes and bacon.