Not so fair weather: rain washes day one of fair

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

It seems just as much a tradition as the fair itself – rain during fair week. Monday, not only did it rain, but it put down a lot of it and strong storms prompted tornado warnings for Coffee County.

Staff photo by Josh Peterson - Clyde and Renee Matthews brave the stormy weather Monday to visit the exhibit hall at the Coffee County Fair. Rain forced the fair to move beauty pageants to Central High School Monday and only a handful of people visited the fairgrounds.

“We had to move our beauty pageants over to [Central] High School,” said Coffee County Fair Association president Sam Long. “When it rains it really hurts us. But hopefully it will clear up and we will have a good rest of the week.”

According to the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency’s website, 0.93 inches of rain fell on Manchester Monday – the first day for rides and midway activities at the fair. The National Weather Service was calling for up to another inch of rainfall on Tuesday, which would put day two of the fair at risk.

The remainder of the week looks good, though, with rain clearing out and temperatures ranging from the low-70s to the low-80s from Wednesday through Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $3.

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