A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
And it’s always hot during the Kern County Fair.
If you've lived in Bakersfield for more than a few years, you've almost certainly heard this last truism repeated by friends and coworkers each September.
There seems to be a powerful perception among longtime Bakersfield residents that the last gasp of our long hot summer typically occurs during the annual fair.
But is this truism really true?
"It's kind of become a saying," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill South. "But this year it's going to come to fruition."
According to the NWS, normal daily high temperatures during the annual Kern County Fair range between about 85 and 89 degrees, with average overnight lows dropping into the mid- to low 60s.
But these are averages, and this year — big surprise! — you might want to think of Bakersfield as a deep-fried corn dog dipped in hot sauce.
"Since Sept. 21, it's been in the high- to mid-90s," South said.
Tuesday is expected to hit 94, but on Wednesday and Thursday a slight warming trend should make the midway a bit warm with highs of 96 and 97, respectively.
"That's probably 10 degrees above normal," South said.
Friday should drop back to the mid-90s, but fair-goers will get a respite during the fair's final weekend as highs normalize by sinking into the beautiful mid-80s.
South noted that Bako residents enjoyed below-normal temps through much of early September.
"Sometimes it's all about timing," he said.
Last year, the fair had four days that rose into the 90s, but the 12-day run had no triple digits. The year before, 2016, saw five days in the 90s and two in the low-100s.
In 2014, high temps during the fair's first seven days averaged just 82 degrees. Triple-digits were a distant and unpleasant memory. But highs reached the 90s during the fair's final five days.
So is it always hot during the Kern County Fair?
Since 2010, of the more than 100 days of the fair during that period, high temperatures reached 100 degrees only six times.
People don't tend to forget weather extremes, especially when they're associated with an event.
"It was really hot that one year," they say. And they remember that.
Like a deep-fried corn dog dipped in hot sauce.