"I pointed out the radar, the line of storms on the radar, and mentioned there had been, you know, a string of severe thunderstorm warnings already - in fact, west and to the northwest of those storms," Poteet said.
Poteet mentioned at the time the National Weather Service had reports of wind gusts about 60 miles per hour.
"It didn't look like Indianapolis was going to escape, you know, a thunderstorm -rain, thunder and lightning," Poteet said.
Poteet said he thought the storm would get into the area between 8:45p.m. and 9p.m. or a little bit after that. He said Cindy Hoye asked him whether they whould start or delay the show.
"The best course of action would be to wait it out, delay it, wait and let the storm pass through," he said.
Despite Poteet's opinion and a warning from the National Weather Service, fair officials never made the call to cancel the show and a half hour later, they sent an emcee onto the stage only telling people where they could seek shelter if the weather got too bad. Governor Mitch Daniels said he has ordered the Indiana State Fair Commission to investigate the decisions made that night. "All the questions being asked are the right ones and appropriate. There are a lot of facts still uncertain," Governor Daniels said.
Governor Daniels said they'll look at the structure of the stage and the reaction/response of the people who were there Saturday night.
"I'm not saying they were handled correctly or incorrectly. I don't know. Honestly, I think nobody has enough facts to come up with a conclusion yet," Governor Daniels said.
Fair officials have said when they were going to announce an evacuation a gust of wind blew through the fairgrounds.