Holiday Weekend Preview
The long Independence Day weekend is here, so it’s time for my Yankee Doodle salute to our weather and area. Ahead you will find all sorts of tidbits on local fairs and festivals in our region
Weather-wise every day through Monday will be hot, though with different characteristics.
By Friday, higher humidity levels will be seeping in from the southwest. The region along I-75 from Cincinnati OH to Richmond- Corbin KY to Jellico Mt in Tennessee has been much wetter than our area this month. That wetter soil (relatively speaking, since we did have 4 inches of rain in June, most falling in the first 21 days) will help to produce more humidity in the air upwind of our region.
Now this weekend the air currents will veer around the south and southwest. That flow will push (we call it advect in meteorology) the stickier air our way. The result an APB (all points bulletin) will be issued for the Ohio, West Virginia and Big Sandy Valley Mugger!
Afternoon highs will generally be 85-90 through the holiday weekend, but with a more tropical feel to the air. That’s a fancy way of saying you will more readily break a sweat this weekend. So seek water young man/woman!
In the higher humidity of these summer afternoons, an afternoon thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, but as you know even on days when the heavens open up most of the day is rain free. That will certainly hold true for pool parties, picnics and parades!
As for events there are many and I will be adding to this blog to promote as many as I can.
Let’s start out on Middleburg Island in Logan where the annual Freedom Fest starts on Thursday. Featured attractions include a car show, motorcycle show, animals, lip sync contests, block parties, fireworks, bands and carnival rides. Here’s a link to all the events at this celebration.
In Point Pleasant, it’s the 21st annual Sternwheel Festival this weekend. Opening ceremonies on Thursday night include Bluegrass night on the River at historic Tu-endie-wei State Park where the Great Kanawha and Mighty Ohio meet. (Editor’s note, sunsets here are breathtaking at the mingling of the two waters.)
Saturday’s headliners are Thompson Square with Fireworks to follow. Here’s your link to all the fun!
If you are into arts and crafts then Cedar Lakes is the place to be through Saturday. Just outside Ripley WV, artisans from Appalachia and beyond are in town for the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair.
Quilting, stunt kite flying, a civil war encampment and sheep shearing are a few of the many events slated. Check out the web page for your favorite activities.
Meanwhile Summer motion will keep Ashlanders hoping starting on Independence Day. The list of entertainers is once again off the charts with Monday's headliner none other than native son Billy Ray Cyrus.
Billy Ray will do the Achy Breaky like he did back in the 1990s in Ashland on the river bank. This time though he will perform at the newly dedicated Veteran's Riverfront Park.
Fireworks are slated for just after sunset with Billy Ray's concert to follow!
Here's your link to all the events at Summer Motion.
Just down the road from Ashland Saturday's Carter County Thunder is a country and classic rock music concert set at the fairgrounds. This all day musical extravaganza concludes with a rockets rad glare bombs bursting in air fireworks display. Admission is free!