Last summer’s record-breaking heat and the drought that accompanied it seem like an all too recent memory. With farmers fields drying up, pool water the temperature of bath water, and the annual Fourth of July fireworks display being cancelled last year’s record breaking heat and drought will not soon be forgotten. This year, however, has been quite the opposite with this spring being one of the wettest on record with temperatures remaining in the 80s and low 90s allowing us to venture back outside and just in time for a wonderful July Fourth fireworks display and the Lincoln County Fair.
It was nice to be able to have a fireworks display this year after the terrible drought last year turned everything into kindling; making Lincoln County a fire hazard. After last year’s Fourth of July record high temperature, it was a welcome change to be able to spend an enjoyable day outside grilling and being with friends and family. This nice weather was probably also the reason for the great turn out at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds to watch the Rotary’s fireworks display.
The fair week has never been known for having the most appealing weather as it is held the second week of July every year. This year’s Lincoln County Fair proved to be an exception with warm weather on Tuesday followed by rain showers on Wednesday which made Wednesday afternoon humid, but kept the rest of the week cool for fair goers. The cooler weather also made the week more pleasant for all the animals being shown at the many different livestock shows, as well as the community youth who showed these animals. Of all the people in attendance at the fair, the volunteers and workers who are responsible for making the fair such a huge success were probably the most thankful. This welcome change of cooler weather helped make their difficult job just a little easier.
Hopefully the weather will stay nice and allow us to enjoy more of the wonderful outdoor activities Lincoln County has to offer. There are several city parks, as well as the Cuivre River State Park. The Cuivre River State Park offers a lot of great trails as well as fishing and swimming opportunities at Lincoln Lake. I have yet to take advantage of these opportunities this summer but my son is a constant reminder that we are suppose to go to the beach there and even at four years old he is not one to say no to fishing even though he is not keen on touching the fish yet.
By Clint Mix