Whenever the temperatures hits 90 degrees in Bluefield, the streets are filled with people waiting in lines -- for free lemonade.
The idea of serving free lemonade whenever the temperature reaches 90 degrees was concieved by the Chamber Manager Eddie Steele in 1939. Due to the mild temperatures, the lemoande was never actually served until 1941. This campaign brought national attention to "Natures Air-Conditioned City.
Lemonade is FREE to all and is served across the two Bluefields by the "Lemonade Lassies." Since the beginning of the campaign in 1941, the lemonade hasn't always flowed freely. In the peroid of 1960-1982, lemonade was served only once, due to mild temperatures during the summers. In 1988 the Chamber served lemoande a record 17 times. However, the summer of 2007 was a record-breaking season with 18 day reaching 90 degreesand the Chamber served lemonade throughout the two Bluefields. Special thanks to Kwik Kafe for donating lemonade.
Unique geographical blessings give Bluefield its title as "Natures Air-Conditioned City." Bluefield is perched high above the Bluestone and East rivers and it sits 2,612 feet above sea level, making it West Virginia's loftiest incorporated community.