I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up but rain is officially in the forecast for Thursday, July 19.
While that is still more than a week away and is not guaranteed, it is a welcome sight for an area that has been nailed by extreme heat for nearly two weeks.
According to Accuweather.com, temperatures had a high of more than 100 degrees for all but the first day of the Vandalia Area Fair. Attendance of the event could be compared to the Fair’s battles in the past with rainy conditions. Unfortunately, the Fair Board and its members battled this adversity all week long and attendance suffered for the event in spite of nights filled with concerts, contests, shows, rides, and plenty of other things to watch and do.
Since June 27, Vandalia has experienced highs in temperature of 99 degrees or higher for eight of 11 days.
Strangely, certain areas during that time experienced quick bursts of rain that didn’t last long.
Thankfully, there’s a relief in temperature in sight but the current drought is causing many problems for area residents and farmers.
Hopefully, a possible upcoming shower can be the start of a recovery for our area.
If you haven’t already, please take the time to thank a Vandalia Fair volunteer for braving the heat and taking their own personal vacation time to provide all of us with another great event. This year we had great entertainment performances, three full nights of tractor pull, several contests, and several other activities to keep many entertained during the five days.
Hopefully, next year’s temperatures will be better so many people don’t miss out on what the 2013 Vandalia Area Fair has to offer. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.