When we arrived at the State Fair campground in Sedalia on Thursday, Cliff and I realized that they were in a worse drought than we were at home. At least we still had green grass! All the grass on the grounds was brown and dead. Thursday and Friday, the girls and I had temperatures in the mid-to-upper nineties. Saturday was worse, because of the humidity. We were winding down, getting ready to end our visit to the fair. We'd done lots of fun things, but had not seen the card-stacker yet. There's a new Isle of Capri casino being built at Booneville, Missouri; and this fellow was erecting a model of it out of playing cards.
We were admiring his work, when suddenly both entrance doors (a double door on his left, and one on his right) were thrown open and a mass of humanity came flooding it, wind blowing in behind them. A cold front had arrived, and with it, 70-mile-per-hour winds and driving rain.
As the left end of the card structure began to topple, the poor fellow shouted, "Shut the door, shut the door!" To no avail, of course. I was glad we weren't in the camper, but I was also concerned about what state the camper would be in when the rain and wind stopped enough for us to return. Cliff was going to be there to take us home around 5 PM.
We ducked from one building to another, getting closer to the campgrounds each time, until the rain let up and became only a sprinkle. Here's what the camper looked like when we got there.
As somber as Monica looks in this picture, the only real damage was that one bent pole that supports the awning. You can see how brown the grass is here, too. Tents had blown down, and I saw lots of awning damage on large RVs. But as far as we saw, there was no major loss from the storm.
The camper is, at present time, set up in Cliff's shop with fans blowing on it. Perhaps everything will be dried out by this evening so we can fold it up and put it away, probably until next year. Cliff has decided gas is too high to go to go to the Old Thresher's Reunion in Iowa, as we had been planning to do.