When it’s above 90 degrees, “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City” serves lemonade

Is there anything better than a glass of ice cold lemonade on a warm summer day? That’s why Bluefield is the place to be this summer. Nicknamed “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City,” at 2,611 feet above sea level, Bluefield experiences unusually cool summers with the temperature very rarely reaching 90 degrees, which makes it the perfect place to cool down this summer.

So how does lemonade fit into all of this? It all started in 1939, when Bluefield Chamber of Commerce manager Eddie Steel proposed the idea of offering free lemonade if the temperature reached 90 degrees or more. Naturally, his idea was a hit, and this fun tradition still lives on today as well as many other fun opportunities to get your lemonade fix right in Bluefield.

This August, put Bluefield on your to do list as the town holds the Lemonade Festival and the Bluefield Blues Festival on the same day, which makes for a fun day for everyone. The Lemonade Festival is held during the morning and features a lemon hunt, live music, kids’ games and of course, lots and lots of delicious and tangy lemonade. The Bluefield Blues Festival is held in the evening and features live music, beer vendors, food vendors, dancing and much more.

While you’re in Bluefield, immerse yourself in its small-town charm. Take in a Bluefield Blue Jays baseball game, rookie affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays. Or climb up to the East River Mountain Overlook, which provides beautiful views of Bluefield, the surrounding mountains and makes for the perfect stunning picture. Get a bite to eat at one of the local’s favorite restaurants for a taste of Bluefield like the RailYard, Big Whiskey BBQ Co. and the Blue Spoon Café.

Are you planning on visiting Bluefield this summer?

This post was last updated on March 17, 2022