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Hot day at the Franklin County Fair

by Danielle Wagner

HAMPTON (KWWL) The heat didn't keep people from enjoying an afternoon at the Franklin County Fair in Hampton.

"It's very humid and hot outside. It makes everything sticky," said Mallory Wohlford.

12-year-old Mallory Wohlford is showing pigs at the Franklin County Fair. She's trying to keep herself cool and also the animals.

Wohlford uses a spray bottle to wet down the pigs' heads and necks.

"Pigs they don't sweat so they don't have perspiration on them so we try to make it that they do as much as possible," said Wohlford.

Box fans are working to keep other livestock cool and there's plenty of water.

Franklin County Fair Board President Jon Baltes said this year's hot weather is a far cry from last year when the temperature didn't even reach 60 degrees.

"Last year people were coming out in t-shirts and shorts and going home for sweatshirts. This year just the opposite," said Jon Baltes.

Sweating is inevitable, but bottles of water are available.

"We live with it. there's a nice breeze today so it's comfortable, but you're at the fair, you have to expect heat," said Gene Miller.

If you must get inside, there's one building with air conditioning. You can cool off in the convention center while checking out the 4-H exhibits.

Organizers hope everyone still comes out to the fair despite the heat, but they also want people to take care of themselves and seek help if they get over-heated. Emergency personnel are on site throughout the fair.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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