Green Cove Springs, Florida Ten days of packed crowds are expected at the Clay County Fairgrounds as the fair opened its gates at 2pm Thursday.
Weather authority meteorologist Richard Nunn was there to cut the ribbon at the 2022 fair – and was recognized for his lifesaving efforts early Wednesday morning. Nun set out to put out a fire crash and help a young man trapped inside the car until the first responders can get on the scene.
Weather was a big thunderstorm Thursday with a line of severe storms drawing to the area that left two dead in the Florida Panhandle. Emergency officials met Thursday morning with emergency operations center officials and the National Weather Service and a decision was made that the local weather was not extreme enough to delay the two-night opening.
Nunn said the weather authority app on your phone will be a lifeline if you come out this weekend.
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“It will allow you to spend more time, try to avoid the showers, light rain, moderate rain, whatever it is detected nearby. You duck in Cattleman’s Arena and drive through – and back on the rides,” Non said.
One of the fair volunteers visiting with Nun was Felecia Hampshire, who feels the fair will be a success.
“I’m super excited. Listen, I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to the fair. I was born and raised in Green Cove Springs and the fair has always been something you look forward to every year,” he said. Hampshire, the fair’s superintendent of activities.
The other issue on the minds of forgers is ride safety after a death in an Orlando thrill ride last week.
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Parents, like Debra Martin, have said they have historically felt confident in the fair.
“We’re been coming here since it’s gone and never had a problem,” Martin said.
The other great thing you need to remember is the traffic on State Road 16 to get to the fairways. The road can have backups that last a very long time.
The fair opens at 11:00 every day. The later you arrive, the more likely you can expect the long backups on 16th.
Friday will be the first time the Clay County Fair hosts a Latin day. One of the organizers who put the day together explained what to expect for the event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.
“Two DJs, fun for the kids, band Mandala would be here – very diverse band, want to invite everyone,” said Vince Caisedo.
The fair is in town until April 10th.
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