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July 19, 2013

Fairgrounds sizzle in heat

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“There’s no air conditioning,” she said, but scooping ice cream “brought momentary relief because your head is partially in the cooler.”

The fair experience furthers the positive benefits of 4-H, she said, as the kids learn teamwork and responsibility — regardless of the discomfort of hot weather, they still have to do their part.

Of course, they get a free scoop of ice cream in exchange for Dairy Bar staffing, and in light of yesterday’s heat, Mrs. Chambers said, “I made the scoops a little bit larger.”

None of the club members, she added, complained about the heat — I think it was a lot of fun for them.”

Afterwards, however, she took her daughter and a 4-H friend to the movies, where the cool interior was very welcome.

AIR CIRCULATION

Many who have animals at the fair live right on the grounds the whole week, some overnighting in the barns, others camping on the grounds.

A break is reviving in an air-conditioned camper or car — or even a movie theater.

The livestock don’t have that luxury, but cows and horses are, after all, animals.

“At home, beef cows are kept outside,” said Penny Pombrio of Altona, who brought American British White Parks to show this week. 

So for them, enduring the heat is just a matter of “cool water and shade,” she said.

Air circulation provided by fans in the barns is really important, Pombrio noted.

“And a lot of fresh water — that’s really it,” she said. “We just try to keep them as cool as we can.”

‘START WITH LEGS’

Rene Hugus of Cadyville, a 4-H leader with the Hold Your Horses 4-H Club, is at the fair with her daughter, Sidonna Dewyea, and her affectionate horse, Hazel.

In the blistering heat, Hugus said, horses need “lots of water and shade.”

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