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Heat Presents Challenge for Fair Exhibitors

Posted: Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 6:26 am
Author: Justin Rottger - KCII News

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Much of the region has seen blistering heat this week, but there are some residents in particular who have been working hard to combat the heat.  Livestock exhibitors at the Washington County Fair have been dealing with high temperatures and humidity for most of this year’s event.  4-H Youth Coordinator Amy Green says keeping their animals composed in conditions like this is not easy.

She says some of the larger animals have taken to the wash bin at the fairgrounds at least three times a day to cool down.  Green says other smaller animals haven’t been as fortunate, as some animals have required veterinary assistance.

Some exhibitors have lost chickens, and one lost a rabbit to the heat.  She says, however, most participants have been keeping a very close eye on their animals, and the Extension staff have closely monitored the conditions of the show areas to prevent any further losses.