Northern Wisconsin State Fair prepares for heat

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- It may be hot outside, but the fair will go on."It's a family affair and we are taking care of our family," said Rusty Volk, the fair’s executive director.

Organizers say there are extra tents, extra shade and lots of extra water. "If it gets any worse we usually run around with little bags of ice and give them to people to cool themselves down,” Volk said.

It’s an effort to stay cool and just taking it easy."Take it slow, just take it slow, sit down, we have seating area all over with 250 park benches so sit down, enjoy yourself, watch the rides and drink some water,” Volk said.

But perhaps the coolest attraction at the fair is the misting fan set up in front of the emergency services building who also had a sweet treat for the kids.

"It's probably one of the highlights of being here is seeing how many smiles you get with a simple thing like an ice,” said Jose Laguanas a firefighter in Chippewa Falls.

Even with the heat, families are still heading to the fair. "The value comes with our 4H, FFA and out children that are working hard to get these animals here and showcase them, a lot of shows are finishing up today and I'm really concerned about the animals and if we can keep the animals cool, I think we humans can handle it too,” Volk said.

To keep the animals cool, there are fans, fans and more fans. "The biggest thing we do is keep them watered, if we don't do that they will get dehydrated really quickly, we will spray them down outside with water,” said Jordan Sorenson, from a farm in Eau Claire.

The 4H students take pride in their work and take great care of their animals. "If I was a cow, I would want to be at the fair when it's hot because somebody is taking care of me,” Volk said.

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