Well, the weatherman and I both missed that yesterday. The weatherman just predicted hot and muggy. I saw rain north of me but didn't think I'd get any. Instead, just as I had to leave town, a thunderstorm hit. We have these big, heavy, plastic, city garbage cans and for the first time ever, it blew them over. No other damage though. Lots of rain and lightning.
The State Fair opened yesterday. Didn't see a lot of people there from the pictures. Tradition holds that there's always one big storm blowing through the Fair. I guess yesterday was it. I have to play there next week. 2 years ago when we played there, (there was no Fair last year) we finished just ahead of a thunderstorm. We were rushing to get the equipment in the trailer and we all got soaked. We ended up pulling tents and metal awnings out of the road to get out. The venue is a large, open-sided circus tent affair and the rain blew all the way through it. The year before that I got so hot I started getting sick, but I was OK by time we were done. It pays good money, (though you have to wait a month to get it) but I really don't like doing that Fair. I'm pretty certain, this is the last time I'm going to do it. John
Do you also go through the State Fair while there? See exibits and go on rides?
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I do a little bit of scouting around. I have 2 shows and there's about 2 hours between them, so I go wandering a bit. There's a long carnival midway with rides and games but I don't bother with that. There are a lot of vendor's booths with overpriced stuff, (purses, wallets, cigars, toys, T-shirts, hats, etc.). I usually try to find something there for the grandkids. There are a lot of food vendors there too, (most of it pretty nasty). I mostly stay away from the fair food unless I'm sure it's something OK.
There's a place I go to to get sasparilla but I think that's how I got too hot 2 years ago. It was about 100 degrees and it's a long walk to it. Although the tent we play in is open on 3 sides there was no breeze whatsoever so when I got back, I think I just sat there and boiled. During the last show I started getting so dizzy I thought I might actually have to go sit down, but like the stubborn jack-ass I am, I bulled my way through it and after that first hour, I felt fine.
There are a lot of other musical acts around but I don't usually get a chance to see them. We play in the main tent, (not to be confused with the main stage where the big name acts play across the street). It's the "Bud Tent" and it's kind of the "prestige" musical venue there. All they have to drink there is Budweiser. (You know how big Budweiser is in Missouri.) I rarely drink and I never drink while I'm playing so there's not much attraction for me there.
The main acts across the street play between our shows so when they're done, their crowd comes across the street to our "BudTent". Sometimes the bands come over and watch us. Lee Greenwood came over one year. Hank Williams Jr. came over and of course, everyone was buying him beers. Ted Nugent showed up one night. 3 Doors Down came over a few years ago and the drummer sat in with us. There were probably a few others but I wouldn't have known. John
How long is the fair there? I do not think there is a state fair in Helena, just the rodeo and fair with that. It was a few weeks ago,which is good I suupose because the smoke is do bad this weekend and today. NOW it is bothering me a bit.
I could see all the smoke on the webcam. I don't know how you can stand that 24 hours a day.
The Fair lasts 10 days. I'm not sure who's playing the main stage the day we work. Coming back from Kansas City Saturday night, we had an early show so I was coming into Sedalia around 10:30. There wasn't a lot of traffic going my way but coming out of Sedalia was a steady stream of 2 lanes of traffic and it occurred to me, the main stage must have just let out. I don't know who was playing that night either. Whoever was scheduled for Thursday night got stormed out. John
The smoke was getting to me as of Monday, finally giving me a headache. A lot of people are wearing a mask and not because of COVID.