For the 150th anniversary of the Indiana State Fair Mid-America Sound needed to upgrade our 80’x60’ Thomas Supertruss roof to handle this years grandstand shows. The lineup included Brad Paisley, Big and Rich, Kid Rock, American Idol Live tour, Kanye West and Rascal Flatts.
The acts performing at the fair this year required trim heights of 50’or more. The ability to support 8,000 lb video walls in the center of the structure was also needed.
Rigging plots and some ideas were sent to Mike Garl at James Thomas Engineering. With very minor modifications we were able to achieve the height and weight capabilities that were necessary.
“Rascal Flatts was the largest and heaviest rig coming through” said Bob Williams-Lighting Director and project chief for the roof. “With over 50 points and a total weight above 60,000lbs between lights, video and sound it was an interesting challenge, but Mike Garl and the rest of JTE came through as usual for us”.