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It will be fair weather as county fair begins today

PARK HILLS – It’s fair time as the 132nd Annual St. Francois County Fair gets under way today. The gates will officially open for the five-day event at 5 p.m. Several exhibits will be on display for viewing and the carnival rides will be in full swing.

Bluff City Carnival Rides will be supplying the carnival rides and games.

“There will be unlimited ride bands available at the fair,” said Fair Board President Charles Gamble. “These are great for parents who have kids who want to ride all of the carnival rides. I think they are going to average about $10 apiece.”

According to the National Weather Service, Mother Nature could put Wednesday’s horse show in jeopardy.

“We have a chance of rain this afternoon into this evening,” said Dale Bechtold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We will have a cold front moving in mid to late afternoon today. It is going to bring some thunderstorms along with the some precipitation. Some places will see as much as one to two inches of rain while most will see a half inch to an inch of rain.”

Bechtold said the rain will clear out by Wednesday morning, but the real story will be the change in temperatures.

“Today we are looking at a high in the 90s,” Bechtold said. “After the front comes through the temperatures is going to fall near 69 degrees for the overnight temperatures. On Wednesday we are looking at a high of 79 degrees and a low of 61 degrees. Thursday’s high will be 84 degrees and Friday will be 85 degrees.”

Bechtold said the northerly winds will produce drier air with a lot less humidity.

“After today it looks dry for the rest of the week,” Bechtold said.

Wednesday at the fair is known as Entry Day. The gates will open at 1 p.m. with events planned throughout the day. At 1 p.m. the field crops will be judged, at 2 p.m. cured meats and the junior beef and market steers need to be in place, at 3 p.m. the junior steers will weight in and by 5 p.m. all junior and open dairy cattle need to be in place.

A junior public speaking contest will be held in the Sale Building at 6 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m., the St. Francois County Fair Queen will be crowned. The Missouri Western Horse Show Association will host a horse show at 7 p.m. An out-of-field tractor pull will also be held at 7 p.m.

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