State Fair Fights the Heat
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
August 29, 2013 7:04 PM
The South Dakota State Fair kicked off on Thursday. With temperatures nearing one hundred degrees, fair goers were reaching for the cold drinks instead of the fair favorite corn dogs.
"It's very hot outside," said one fair goer.That would be an understatement to describe the conditions Dan Stapleton was working with inside the funnel cake booth.
"We're over the top of about three hundred and seventy five degree oils, so imagine that with this heat and there's not much of a breeze out here today, so it's going to be pretty torturous by the end of the day," said Stapleton.He says he has noticed a decline in business already as a result of the heat. However, State Fair official Candi Hettinger says she's expecting higher attendance rates than last year's fair.
"We're South Dakotans so people come out rain or shine to the state fair, and they're going to enjoy their day," said Hettinger.
With the heat index at one hundred and two degrees, fair goers were searching for shady spots, free fans, and refreshing beverages.
Some say they had planned to make it to the fair that day, so they simply chose to stick out the heat.Candi Hettinger says State Fair officials are prepared if someone should fall ill due to the heat.
"If somebody does get overheated you know we have plenty of EMTs around to take care of their needs."