Festive Weekend in More Ways Than One

Its a big weekend with the 4 Fs in control. Fairs, festivals, football and fun! Tony has a forecast that aims to please.

Festive Fair Weather

It’s the final fair of the season this weekend as all roads in Kanawha County lead out to Camp Virgil Tate. So for the last time this summer, my forecast is for a “Fair night at the Fair”!

In a nutshell, bring a jacket along for night time concerts and 9/11 tributes this weekend as temperatures fall quickly into the 60s an hour after sunset. Then be prepared to load up with a sun block for daytime events since the mid-September sun can still burn you to a crisp. Daytime highs of 75 to 80 will feel Oooo-La-La comfy!

Among all our county fairs, the Kanawha Fair has grown more than most from its infancy in the 1990s. Take a look at the website and you will see a host of fun, educational and sporty activities at the Kanawha County Fair! The Friday evening Mud Bog and music from Savannah Jack are the marquee events tonight.

A word of caution, Camp Tate is in a rural area where temperatures fall faster than city locations at sunset, hence the recommendation for a light jacket for the kids after sunset. Here’s your one stop shop for a full list of events.


Of course just as fair season is ending, the fall festival season is beginning witness the Septemberfest in Louisa Kentucky. Here in the northern end of the Coalfields, folks from the Bluegrass boast how the annual Septemberfest is the "best little festival in Kentucky".

Here’s a look at the full slate of events in Louisa highlighted by Bluegrass night this Friday with local talent Bobby Cyrus (Bill Ray’s cousin) and Kim Fitch on the main stage.

Saturday morning opens with a 5K run at the home of the Bulldogs and is followed by the Grand Festival Parade and a car show. The Kentucky Headhunters are the main attraction on Saturday night! Here’s your link to all the fun thru the weekend.


It may still be summer, but the folks in Lincoln County know the best weather of the year can occur before the equinox! So why not have a fall fest in summer?

Tonight is Bluegrass night and Saturday is super busy. The Lumberjack Show of Champions starts at 10 in the morn and features the best cord splitting loggers in the business. If you are a fan of jalopies banging into one another in a Keystone Cops routine then the 1PM Demolition Derby is sure to entertain. A rockets red glare bombs bursting in air fireworks extravaganza follows evening concerts. The Lincoln County Memorial fairgrounds just outside of Hamlin are host for the weekend fun!

Then there is the Swine Fest in Guyandotte. This "Johnny Come Lately" of the festival circuit, is enjoying its third year. Last year, near 100 degree HEAT baked historic Guyandotte. But this year thanks to a north wind, highs near 80 with a partial afternoon cloud cover will block out some sun will serve as the perfect setting for this "scrumptious" event.

Saturday's finale includes clogging (1:30), an afternoon Gospel Music sing (2-5), a Charity Car Show(1-4:30), Live UWA Championship "wrassling"(3) and the nightime concert from country music rising star Katie Owens and the Leatherwood Band. They say both are HOT, HOT, HOT!
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