CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials are crossing their fingers and hoping for clear skies - or at least dry ones - during tonight's 66th annual Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival.
"This is my 15th festival. We have never canceled or postponed in my 15 years," festival coordinator Fonda Lockhart said.
There is an increased likelihood for rain showers throughout the day, said Simone Lewis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
Although she didn't want to predict anything for the event's 6:30 p.m. start time, she thought it would be wise to bring some rain gear to the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.
"There's going to be stuff in the area," Lewis said.
She didn't anticipate severe weather today. However, there is a chance for gusts and more intense precipitation Wednesday.
Wednesday is the alternate date if organizers must postpone the event, but Lockhart is optimistic that won't happen. The decision is generally made by noon the day of the event, and Lockhart said afternoon showers don't keep the stadium or field wet for long.
Laidley Field facility manager Doug Carte said Monday people were picking up advance tickets all day. Tickets are still available for $8 at the gate tonight, and Carte anticipated a big turnout.
Apart from the chance for rain, Lockhart said she's very excited for this year's event. All eight local high schools are participating in the annual competition, and the Marshall University Marching Thunder band will give an exhibition performance.