It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.
Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high â€śride,â€ť and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing â€śHimalayaâ€ť tilt-a-whirl.
The fair is back.
However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fairâ€™s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.
Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.
Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.