Hot weather and the Red Willow County Fair always go hand in hand, but the fact that we're looking forward to Thursday's "cold front" coming through with "only" 94-degree high temperatures predicted indicates just what kind of year it's been.
Still, no summer would be complete without taking in the fair, supporting 4-Hers and other exhibitors who have put in months of hard work on projects, enjoying a stock car race, rodeo, concerts, seeing old friends and making new ones.
And don't forget the commercial building, where many businesses will display their wares and special offers.
Nothing beats watermelon on a hot July night, and the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee will be serving just that, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Building.
Tonight's highlight is the Coyote Country Music Showdown in the Kiplinger Arena at 6:30 p.m., and the Lil' Red Pedal Tractor Pull for kids 4-12 is 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kiplinger Arena, followed by the stock car race at 7:30 p.m.
Christian rock group Vota will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiplinger Arena Friday.
Mutton Busting kicks off a busy schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Kiplinger Arena, a chore relay begins at 6 p.m., the Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen and Princess will be crowned at 7:45 p.m. and the NSRA Rodeo begins at 8 p.m., both in the grandstands.
A dance with the band "County Road 5" and a beer garden are set for the Kiplinger Arena, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday starts with a Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. in the Kiplinger Arena, followed by the Draft Horse Competition at 12:30 p.m., Open Class Dog Show at 5:30 p.m., presentation of a Pioneer Award at 7:45 p.m. and the second night of the NSRA Rodeo at 8 p.m.
Of course, that's just the Red Willow County Fair. Others offer their own unique attractions, and Regional Editor Connie Jo Discoe is busy covering all of them.
So make sure you take in the nearest county fair, and enjoy the hot weather -- it won't be long before we're shivering in a brutal Nebraska winter.