Rain, Rain Go Away. Pretty Please!

A big weekend of spring events is on the docket for your outdoor pleasure. Tony spotlights the fun and weather.

Spring’s Weekend Finale

It has indeed been a very wet and wild spring; namely, 10 to 15 inches wet! So wet in fact that the first cutting of hay is now 2 weeks behind and not coming soon. “Even if you promised 4 dry days I could not cut since the ground is so wet that freshly cut hay would draw water of the ground as it lay in pasture”, 35 year hay farming veteran Leon Harless of Hughes Branch told me at dinner tonight.

But now another week of storms and downpours is behind us and the weather has turned pleasant for Friday evening events. In Inez, after a Thursday night washout, it’s Country Music night off state Route 645 where Ricochet highlights a big night of country music at the Martin County Fair.

In Charleston, it is kids flick night at Magic Island, Live on the Levee and the all night Relay for Life on the grounds of the WV state capitol. Evening temperatures are in the pleasant 60s with the rains now far south and moving away.

Fog will nestle into the river valleys overnight and make for a “blurry” start to the Hatfield and McCoy half marathon on Saturday along the banks of the Tug River. The race starts at 7 sharp at the Food City in Goody Kentucky. Nearly 400 racers from 34 states and foreign countries like Canada, Iceland and New Zealand have signed up for the 2 state jaunt that ends in the heart of the billion dollar Coalfields in Williamson.

In Russell Ky, the Kiwanis of East Greenup are sponsoring their 31st annual Run by the River. The race sports 5 and 10 K runs and begins at 8:30. The Ohio Valley fog should be thinning out by 9 AM with runners lacing up their New Balances at 63 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday are big days at Ritter Park as starving artists present the annual Arts in the Park. Given this a 2 day-all day affair, it would be unfair for me to say it will be totally rain free. But save for a half hour shower on Saturday and perhaps another one on Sunday, the event looks fine.

Afternoon highs this weekend will crest near 80 for Homestead Days in Eleanor where the air will feel more cozy than recent muggy days. Still, slap a sun block on before heading to the festival as the June sun is a dynamo and the strongest and most likely to produce a sun burn of the entire year.

I will be emceeing the beginning of the Saturday night Picnic with the Pops in Huntington. Earlier this week I expressed the fear that high water on the Ohio River could send the concert inside. But a late look at the river stage and a chat with Dave Meadows from the Army Corp and I am hopeful the Ohio will behave. So if you purchased a table on the veranda, right now, barring an unexpected rise on the river, it’s game on.

Saturday’s theme is tied to the river as the Pops hopes to “be part of tradition by starting the memories”. I have been to the Pops before and the Huntington Symphony is a show stopper!

Oh yeah, the skies may threaten on Saturday evening for a half hour, so best to have a rain jacket just in case the dark clouds decide to shower!
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