County Fairs Galore

Heat Wave Ebbs Not Ends

If you are a scoreboard watcher, then you will be anxious to know that our gaggle of days with 90 degree heat reached 26 on Friday (using Charleston as the standard) enroot to what I believe will be 35 by the first day of autumn. Since a “normal” summer tallies 15 such days, it is clear that the scorching summer of 2007 will be one worth remembering and from a meteorologist’s standpoint worth studying. I will write about what I have learned this summer in a future blog, but for tonight I want to focus on weather conditions for a very busy weekend on the county fair circuit.

First off, if you are planning to walk a mid-day this weekend, you are in great shape in the evenings but don’t forget to lather up with sun screen by day. That’s a testimony to the strength of the August sun as much as the high temperatures expected (near 90).

If you are looking for the Grand Daddy of local fairs, look no farther than Lucasville Ohio where the Scioto County Fair does it bigger and better than the other fairs in our region. Saturday night’s headline act is the CALVALCADE OF THRILLS DEMOLITION DERBY starting at 5PM. Here the varrr-ooomm of souped-up jalopies will raise a storm of dust for motor sports fans.

Country Music fans, Tracy Lawrence takes his show on the road to the Mason County Fair for a 9 o’clock night concert on Saturday. Just take Route 62 north of Point Pleasant a few miles to enjoy the action. Shirt sleeves and Bermudas are in fashion as evening temperatures fall to 75 by 10 PM.

S you travel home from the fair, Todd Borek reminds us to “watch the northeast sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower”. With skies clear and free of bright moonlight, viewing conditions should be tops.

The Carter County Fair has had a searing hot run this week and concludes with a bunch of Bull on Saturday night. You see it’s Bull Riding Rodeo night complete with the clown and some bucking bulls that will break more than one Cowboy. The thuds begin at 8 sharp!

In Matewan, the 58th annual Magnolia Fair features a hot wing eating contest sponsored by Wing’s Grill and Karaoke on the Rotary Centennial Pavilion at 8. The daytime temperature will heat to 92 on the banks of the Tug River while cooling into the 70s after dark. In case you missed my earlier week blog at the Fair, I have included some new e-pixs of the Ultimate Queen Pageant that I had the privilege to emcee on Monday.

Elizabeth WV is the host for the Wirt County Fair and Saturday promises to be a hoot. The carnival opens at 1 with the best Horseshoe pitchers this side of Gunsmoke set to be part of a big tournament. On the main stage, the WIRT COUNTY IDOL show will be a showcase for the area’s top new talent!

If you are looking for a neat Festival in the cooler mountains, then head to Richwood where the Cherry River Navy is holding maneuvers as the Cherry River Festival is set for a rousing finale. The afternoon grand festival parade is set for 2 o’clock with live entertainment all day and night long. Afternoon highs will be hot at 85 but evening readings will fall to 75 by 8 pm and 70 by 10 pm to conclude a big day of events.

So have a nice time this weekend as I re-coin the phrase FAIR WEATHER AT THE FAIR!

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