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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 19, 2015) -- This may be one of the more memorable years for the Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration. Organizers say it was a success, except for the fact that severe weather put a damper on one of the biggest parts of the event. Heavy rain flooded the American Legion Mall and ruined the set up for the free concert.

"It's an act of God, something that we can't control and we don't predict," said Tanya Bell, President and CEO of the Indiana Black Expo.

Bell says it's still a costly problem.

"We still spend about $200,000 to put that concert on. We had to still pay for the artist who attended, they still got their money. We had to still pay for everything we put in to it for set up," Bell added.

Bell said the rest of the Summer Celebration was an obvious success. The health fair had wall-to-wall people and a number of the other events were sold out. Former Colt Reggie Wayne was even given a key to the city.

"Very, very excited. Happy with the results," Bell said.

Organizers are putting attendance numbers together and are starting to plan next year's events. Ideas are already being discussed.

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