Fair goers could have a rather soggy experience over the coming days as rain and snow are expected to return to the region.
The forecast, starting on Wednesday and continuing through to Sunday, is expected to be a wet one, according to the National Weather Service.
On Wednesday, a 40% chance of rain will begin after 11 a.m., increasing into Thursday. The high temperature for Thursday – the opening day of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee – is anticipated to be about 56 degrees. A chance of rain is 80%, with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m.
Coordinators for the fair are taking all the necessary precautions to keep the fun flowing.
We have had several rain fairs. Its spring time in Northern California, so we can experience all four seasons in four days,” said Laurie Giannini, CEO and manager of the Calaveras County Fair. “We are tenting the big stage as a precaution. We will move all of our lawn stage entertainment into a building.”
Giannini went on to say that visitors from other areas can sometimes get inaccurate information from smart phone apps.
“The weather affects our out-of-town guests the most,” she said. “Smart phones sometimes misrepresent the weather and can be our enemy. The Fair has an insurance policy that we purchase in case there is rain, extreme heat or a natural disaster.”
Showers will continue into Friday, tapering off before the afternoon with partly sunny skies and a high of 60. The clear skies will carry over into Saturday, with a 40% chance of rain beginning in the afternoon, continuing into Sunday and Monday.
A winter storm watch is in effect for higher elevations from Wednesday night into Friday, with possible light snow at and above Big Trees State Park.
No matter what the conditions, the County Fair will play out, Giannini said.
“Everything will go as planned and we will make adjustments when necessary,” she said. “Weather always affects attendance, but we have a loyal community and always manage to make the best out of every situation. So bring a slicker and enjoy the fun.”