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Fair Weather This Week At the Fairgrounds

August 13, 2012 - 01:00 PM
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Heading to the Montgomery County fair this week?  Find out how hot it will be this week and when rain could dampen your fair plans.

It's been a summer staple in my life since I was 4 years old -- a day outing to the Montgomery County fair.  For me, it's always been the last "hoorah" before summer ends and school starts.  Now, I don't have the luxury of a summer vacation anymore, but I still like to get my fair fix of the Montgomery county fair in August. 

I was lucky enough to go to the fairgrounds early Monday morning to get a sneak peak of a few attractions at the fair this week.  I got to see one of the Monster Trucks up close and personal and talk with the driver of the "Razin Kane" truck.  To put the size of these trucks into perspective, I was *almost as tall as the tires on the truck!  Keep in mind I'm about 5'4". 

Razin Kane Monster Truck

I also met a tractor driver that will compete in the tractor pull competition Monday night at 7:30PM.  These competing tractors pull weighted sleds and the farther the tractor goes the resistance progressively gets greater. 

Tractor Pull

One of my personal favorites is the pig races.  You can bet on little piglets that race around a short track!   Winners get a blue ribbon that says "My Pig Won At Hogway Speedway".  As a side note, the CDC is warning fairgoers across the country to not touch pigs because of a five-fold increase in new cases of swine flue.  So look... don't touch. 

Pig Races

Click here for a full schedule of this weeks events.  There are a number of events and activities to participate in for all ages!  So what can you expect at this outdoor event in Gaithersburg, Maryland?

 

 

7 Day Forecast for August 13th - August 19th

The weather for the rest of the week is pretty typical of August weather in Maryland.  Monday starts off sunny, but hot; although, the humidity won't be too oppressive.  Strong to even some severe storms are possible late Tuesday with a few lingering showers on Wednesday.  Highs will be in the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.  Thursday will be dry, but yet another chance for strong to severe storms is possible Friday, as the next weather front approaches.  Keep an eye to the sky for any dark or ominous looking clouds.  Also, I suggest downloading the StormWatch7 FREE weather app where you can see the updated forecast and check the local radar.

The fair is open from 10am until midnight each night through Friday, August, 18th.  Hope you can go and make some summer fun memories for yourself! 

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