Weather looking good for fair’s opening week

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Workers set up the awning Gunzey Hot Sausage stand at the Lycoming County fair in Tuesday morning.

Summertime and the fairway is breezy.

The heat and sunshine experienced earlier in the week will continue throughout, with a fair breeze offering some respite to Lycoming County fairgoers tonight and during the day Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

Highs for the rest of the week will remain in the mid-80s, said Mike Dangelo, meteorologist.

“(The) last half of the week looks great,” he said. “The weekend might have some showers but they won’t be an all-day kind of thing.”

Saturday has a 40 percent chance of precipitation, with thunderstorms likely after noon, Dangelo said. The chance decreases to 30 percent overnight but remains, resulting in a “kind of muggy” Sunday, he said.

Right now, that 30 percent chance of precipitation lingers through Monday and Tuesday.

As the week goes on, however, it could climb to 100 or drop to zero, Dangelo said.

Either way, the fair will be enjoyable for all, said James Rocky Reed, Lycoming County Fair Board president.

“We have rarely had events rained out,” he said.

It’s common for a thunderstorm to roll through in the afternoon, he said.

“After the showers, it’ll be a little cooler and they can go back out and enjoy the fair,” Reed said. “It cools down a bit in the evening, and we have a good time.”

From what he can tell of the forecast, there doesn’t seem to be any “prolonged showers that will distract from the fair,” Reed said.

When those storms do pop up, there are lightning shelters available along with plenty of indoor space, he said.

Many vendors also have shade for people who need to get out of the heat.

In case of a heat emergency, the Red Cross is onsite to help out, Reed said. There also is an ambulance on standby most fair nights, he added.