The Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Mount Magazine State Park and at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris.

This is the 17th year for the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event.

This year marks another change of venue for events in Paris. Last year, in response to several years of very hot weather for festival events in Paris, things were moved inside the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall. Events in Paris had previously been held at Courthouse Square in Paris. Also this year, events in Paris will be staged both Friday and Saturday, instead of part of the day Friday and all day Saturday, for the first time in years.

PACC Executive Director Linda Hixson said the fairgrounds, which are located next to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport, has some advantages.

"We have indoor space for vendors, a place to have everything in one location, ample parking and unlimited space to expand," she said. "This will help ease some of the weather issues, whether its very hot or raining. We can put a lot of events indoors or under the show areas at the fairgrounds and still be out of the weather."

Extreme heat or wet weather shouldn’t be a factor this year, according to the National Weather Service forecast for Friday and Saturday. The threat of rain is supposed to move out of the area Thursday. The forecast for Friday and Saturday is calling for sunny to mostly sunny skies with highs in the middle 90s and lows in the 70s. Temperatures at Mount Magazine State Park, located 19 miles south of Paris, will be about 10 degrees cooler.

Monday, Hixson said the event has drawn 64 or 65 vendors, which she described as a "big increase from last year."

"Right now, all our vendor spaces are filled and people are still calling looking for spots," she said. "I have no indoor spaces left and if they don’t need electricity, I can put some vendors on grassy areas."

Things will get underway at Mount Magazine State Park Friday at 7:30 a.m. Events will open at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Friday. (For a full listing of events and a schedule for entertainment at the fairgrounds, see the schedules on this page.)

Paris will host two new events this year, a 5K run and a Wings and Wheels Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run. The 5K run, which is called Run for Missions, begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Paris Assembly of God Church, which is sponsoring the run. The motorcycle rally and poker run will take place on Courthouse Square at 9 a.m. Saturday. It is sponsored by the Christian Motorcycle Association.

The annual Miss Mount Magazine Pageant will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Paris Middle School. Hixson said 40 girls will compete in seven age group categories (age birth to 18) in the pageant.

"I think we proved last year that people will find it and come if you advertise and promoted it," Hixson said."