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Severe Weather Not Making a Huge Impact on the 26th Annual Salem Fair

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Despite the wet weather that has been soaking Southwest Virginia, the 26th annual Salem Fair doesn't seem to be taking that big of a hit.

Fair organizers say they saw a good deal more people this Fourth of July than last year, although they don't have any hard numbers yet.

Opening day was cut short for the Salem Fair when heavy rainstorms blew through on Wednesday night.

But fair manager Carey Harveycutter says he's no stranger to the unpredictable weather this time of year.

"When you do outdoor events in the summer time, you are going to have weather," Harveycutter said. "As I tell people, it was raining and storming well before the fair started here 26 years ago."

Although there were scattered showers Thursday, the fair still drew a large crowd.

"The rides were full all night long last night, we had good lines at the food stands, we had a really good July Fourth," Harveycutter said.

So what's the plan for this weekend? Harveycutter says lightning is the only thing able to change the fair's schedule.

"If we have lightening within an eight-mile grid we get everybody off every ride and we shut them down because its just not safe. We want to make sure its safe for the patrons and safe for the staff that's working."

Harveycutter says the rides will only close if absolutely necessary.

"If we say its unsafe, we mean it's unsafe," he said. "Go inside."

But even if the outside does temporarily shut down, there is still a lot for families to do indoors.

All of the rides and booths are open for this weekend. But if serious weather does push through, be sure to check the fair's Facebook page for more updates, or check out the Salem Fair website for more information.