EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The blazing heat didn't stop families from having fun this weekend in the Chippewa Valley, including folks at the Festival in the Pines. The crowd was smaller with the heat advisory, but some still had fun while beating the sun.
On Sunday many preferred keeping cool with their air conditioning at home, battling the heat at Carson Park's Festival in the Pines.
“Today (Sunday) was a little slower and I think probably the weather affected us, with yesterday showers and today's heat about 25 percent over the weekend,” said President of Festival in the Pines Inc. Dan Ropa.
The EMS at the event said to prepare for an event like that it’s good to remember to wear light clothing, cover your head, and take short breaks if you're walking long distances; and of course keep drinking lots of water.
Festival organizers say they haven't seen temps like this in years but even so, today one vender kept turning up their own heat.
“We were told by the Festival in the Pines that we have the hottest job here on the grounds with this hot weather,” said owner of Original Kettle Corn Tom Truhlar.
"Original Kettle Corn" travels to many hot places across the US, and they have their own way of beating the heat.
“It is a hot job, but we try to keep our selves entertained. We got music playing, we do a little singing and chanting, try to keep it up tempo and our customers really enjoy it,” explained Truhlar.
“It's a beautiful day to sell lemonade,” said Gina Kittilstad, who was at the festival with the lemonade stand to raise money for the Aquatics Club.
And the sound of coins was common sound here at a lemonade stand fundraiser.
“We usually have a line, it's been great. It’s a hot day, you got to stay cool,” said Kittilstad.
It was especially true for the petting zoo at the festival, where the animals braved the heat too.
“They're drinking plenty of water they have their own free will to go to the back of their tents if they don't want to socialize with the people,” said petting zoo owner Diana Rickard.
“We really enjoy the hot weather because we know what comes after,” laughed event attendees Peter and Bonnie Michaels.
And some say with fall just a few weeks away they were glad to spend the day outside, enjoying what could be the last of summer.