Friday Night Update
A damp and chilly Friday night of high school football will lead to a nasty day in Morgantown for the 'Eers game. Grey, misty skies will weep much of the day Saturday from Charleston to WVU so I-79 travelers be patient, allow extra time and slow down.
For Saturday morning 5Kers, wear the wet weather gear in Milton (Pumpkin run) and at St. Mary's (Path to the Cure) as temperatures start out near 45 with a brisk and moist wind.
Herd fans bound for Louisville will drive out of the muck and mire, out of the grey and gloom, out of the dullness and dreariness and into a world of autumn cool with skies painted blue in between the dazzling array of cumulus clouds overhead. Hey it will be nice in at Papa John's with a cool kickoff temperature near 60 falling to 55 or even 50 by game's end.
In Painstville, my gut says the morning rain will end in time for the 2PM parade, but skies will remain overcast with a coolish wind. Same holds true on the Simon farm for the Sorghum Fest.
In Chapmanville, the Kiwanians will serve up their freshly fermented apple butter at the Courthouse on Saturday rain(yes) or shine (no way).
True Taste of Fall Weather Ahead
I am on a shortened work week so let’s cut to the chase with your weekend outlook.
Between Wednesday morn and Friday noon, nothing spectacular will occur weather-wise. A few showers, some mild breezes, but rather pedestrian conditions are on tap.
By Friday night football that will all change as our first polar front of the autumn will be barreling through followed by blustery winds and chilly temperatures. The first run on hot chocolate at band booster concession stands looks likely!
Temperatures near 50 with a gusty wind will bring out the first blankets of the season from Laidley Field in Charleston to venerable Putnam Stadium in Ashland to the ultra modern Scott Riggs and Family Stadium in Athens.
By Saturday, a brisk north wind will demand some hot chicken corn soup on your tailgate menu from Mountaineer Field to Papa John’s in Lousville.
To get you set for the weekend ahead here are some big events you can enjoy.
The action gets started on Friday at the John R. Simon’s farm near Portsmouth with the 30th annual sorghum festival. Think of sorghum as a rich man’s maple syrup. Rich as in sweet and gooey, the gang at the Simon farm will be churning out this delectable topping all weekend long.
Side shows to keep you busy include blacksmithing, basket weaving and soap making. There are plenty of games for the kids and there is no admission!
The farm is located 2 miles past the Elks Country Club on Route 73 in rural Scioto County. Watch for the signs or call ahead to 740-259-6337.
In Paintsville, it’s Kentucky Apple Festival week as our friends in Johnson County pull out all the stops on Main and Broadway. This year’s theme is “Love them apples!
Wednesday’s Little Apple Bowl and Thursday’s Flea Market are a warm up for the main events. Starting Friday, the streets will be packed with app-a-holics as folks celebrate the fall season, Kentucky style.
Our WSAZ Eastern Kentucky regional team led by Chris "Apple Pie head" Bailey will be on hand to report live on Friday.
Among the big weekend attractions, Saturday’s grand parade steps off at 2 pm and Confederate Railroad is on the Courthouse Stage at 8:15.
Here are a few links to the fun.
In Chapmanville, Logan County WV, the Kiwanis Club is at it again hosting their annual Apple Butter Festival. The courthouse is the place to be for this sweet as sugar two day fest. That's Friday and Saturday.
I will add events to this blog as the week rolls on!