Well, it is the time of year for fairs and festivals to start. In West Central Indiana, it is time for the humidity festival. The festival motto is: Indiana is where you can see the air." It is an annual event. Usually, the festival takes place in either July or August; sometimes it is in September. The festival is in full swing right now.
Everyone is invited to attend, whether you want to or not. Participants will be permitted to enjoy day after glorious day of free steam sauna privileges. If you thought you needed to sit in a wooden box with water dipped onto hot rocks, you are wrong. During the festival, "guests" are permitted to move freely around the state without ever having to leave the sauna.
Nominations are still being accepted for the Sweat Ring King and Queen. Interestingly, the contestants often look like they have been participating in a wet T-shirt contest, but you probably wouldn't want to watch.
Every afternoon there is a sweating contest. Contestant will be judged on dampness, streaking, and level of dehydration. Bonus points will be added to participants who collapse from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Everyone will receive repeated visits from the festival mascot, the mosquito. It is worth noting that this year's mosquito is not the elongated gnat with a spike on its nose that we all remember from our youth. Mosquito 2.0 looks a lot like a miniaturized version of something from a "Terminator" movie. If you thrill at the though of the wonders of Egypt, several guests will receive from our mascot their very own West Nile experience at no change.
What is a festival without food? They say that when it's hazy, hot, and humid, like it is right now, people don't have much of an appetite. Well, at the humidity festival, if the smell of bubbling asphalt doesn't set the salivary glands into overdrive, which can turn down eggs cooked on the sidewalk. Help settle the debate, are these eggs fried or poached? You decide!
One of the best parts of a festival is the people watching. There is nothing like watching people wilt right in front of your eyes. Children line up for blocks to run through a garden sprinkler or hop into a pool. As evening comes, you can see the crowds sitting on porches and benches, trying not to stick to them selves, praying to God Almighty that sleep will finally overtake them.
One thing about the Humidity Festival in Indiana, you never know how long it will last or when it will be back. Get out there and enjoy it while you can!