Clear weather is expected for tonight's Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival.
That means that the festival's long-running lucky streak -- it hasn't been canceled or postponed in longer than a decade -- should hold out for another year.
Jonathan Wolfe, National Weather Service meteorologist, said today's forecast is clear. High pressure is building in the area, he said, "so that's a good thing for no rain."
A thick fog will probably form after sundown, but that shouldn't interfere with the competition.
"There's really no shot for rain until Thursday morning, and even that is a very small shot," Wolfe said.
The festival is the only annual competition that brings together the marching bands from all of Kanawha County's public high schools.
It starts at 6:30 p.m. at University of Charleston's Laidley Field. The rain date -- however unlikely inclement weather may be -- is set for Wednesday.
This year's event -- the 67th in county history -- will look slightly different than in years past. Organizers elected to change to an Olympic format in an effort to streamline and update the competition. Mainstays of the competition -- the crowning of Miss Kanawha Majorette and the awarding of the Grand Champion band -- will remain.
The county's eight high school bands will compete in a number of categories, and gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded based on points scored. The most successful band overall will be named the Festival Grand Champion. One majorette will be named Miss Kanawha Majorette.
Another highlight will be the guest performance from West Virginia University's Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, which will travel to Charleston for an exhibit performance at the festival. Traditionally, WVU's band alternates years appearing at the festival with the marching band at Marshall University.
Capital High School has been named Festival Grand Champion for the last nine years. Last year's Miss Kanawha Majorette was Taylor Freeland from George Washington High School.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.