Will Isaac visit West End Fair?
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Clarence "Topsy" Derby and his wife, Nancy, are dwarfed by a huge scarecrow displayed by Old Homestead Tree Farm at the West End Fair in Gilbert.
By tomorrow morning, Hurricane Isaac is anticipated to have made landfall in the United States.
It's uncertain whether the storm will travel fast enough, though, to impact the West End Fair in Gilbert.
The National Weather Service seems to think the remnants of the storm won't arrive until possibly Sunday, when the fair is over. The fair, which opened this past Sunday, continues through Saturday.
A meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., writes on the forecast discussion:
"We may get some moisture as early as Saturday/Saturday night, but as of now, Sunday night into Monday looks like the best period of rain with the remnants. This could all change depending on actual track, but for now, we will carry slight chance early in the weekend before increasing to chance late in the weekend into early next week due to a fair degree of uncertainty."
AccuWeather also concurs with the forecast, calling for mostly clear skies Wednesday through Saturday, with temperatures on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the mid 80s.
A highlight of the fair this year is the Fair Museum, which has some new additions.
Pat Schneider, fair secretary, said, "The museum is great this year. We added a new old general store area."
That general store area includes a door and a wall that were salvaged from the former Arnold's Store in Gilbert.
It has display cases with penny candy and two old-store counters from Pearsol's Store in Kunkletown.
There's a ledger from the early 1900s on display, which is also from Arnold's Store.
Tonight the first of three demolition derbies will be held, with the first happening at 7 p.m. Featured tonight will be the bid cars and minivans. There is a separate admission fee for the demo derbies.
Tomorrow night, a demolition derby involving compacts, pickups and lawn mowers gets under way at 7 p.m.
The third vehicle wipe-out event happens on Thursday night, featuring big cars, compacts, and a rollover competition.
Free entertainment tonight along the midway will be concerts by Twitty Fever, a veteran country music band.
Although Twitty Fever plays cover songs of various artists, a highlight of each performance is duplicating the songs of the late Conway Twitty.
Tomorrow is Senior Citizens' Day at the fair. The fair opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow and senior citizens age 65 and older are admitted at a reduced admission price.
A senior program is scheduled for the main stage at 4:30 p.m.
An antique tractor pull gets under way in the main arena at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Admission for the tractor pull is free.
Also tomorrow, Jon Bonson and Coffee Run performs on the main stage at noon, 1:30, and 3:30 p.m.
In the band shell, entertainment will be the Dan and Galla Musical Show at 1, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m.
The Van Dells perform on the main stage at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.