Rain could dampen Fair St. Louis this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Thursday's rain has been making the set up for Fair St. Louis a challenge. Things could get sloppy with the forecast for heavy rain this weekend. The Fair's chairman tells us they are ahead of schedule because the weather had been so nice the past few days.

Workers have been trying to make the best of it as they distribute the trash cans and deliver the ice.
You may remember last year it was so wet in the days leading up to the Fair that the children's village had to be scrapped because it sat in a low spot.

This year the plan is to set up as much of the Fair as possible on pavement. The only grassy spot where people will be walking around is Art Hill, which is a steep hill, so water will run down it instead of puddle on it.

The biggest threat posed by heavy rain is to the fireworks. Keeping visitors safe in rough weather is of paramount importance to the staff.

There is the VP Parade in downtown St. Louis before the Fair opens Saturday morning. most of the prep work on that is done inside so they didn't have to worry about working in the rain. They are concerned about the kick off event of the parade... which is a parachute jump by the US Army's Golden Knights.

They can jump if it is drizzling as long as the clouds are not hanging too low. They will not jump in heavy rain.