The Paper photo by Frank Phillips. A Gen. Lew Wallace tribute artist demonstrates how the general would have signaled to his troops during the Civil War. 
The Paper photo by Frank Phillips. A Gen. Lew Wallace tribute artist demonstrates how the general would have signaled to his troops during the Civil War. 
A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those presenting the eighth annual Taste of Montgomery County on Saturday at the Gen. Lew Wallace Study grounds. 

But it wasn't a little rain that forced The Taste to temporarily close for more than two hours Saturday evening. It was a torrential downpour the area has not seen all summer. 

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Montgomery County at 4:28 p.m. Saturday. 

Brian Keim said The Taste would close and organizers planned to evaluate and make a decision about re-opening at 6:30 p.m. 

Entertainer Jennie DeVoe arrived at the Lew Wallace grounds shortly after The taste was closed. She told organizers she would perform as long as there was no lightning. 

At 6:30 p.m., the decision was made to continue the event and it "was going strong" again by 6:45 p.m., Keim said. 

The annual Taste of Montgomery County is a showcase of the finest food and drink the county has to offer. There was also entertainment by Kenn Clark, Him & Her and DeVoe. 

Money raised by the event is used to help fund the historic museum and study that was once the home of the author of "Ben Hur."