UPDATE: Un"Fair" Weather Dominating Washington County

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UPDATE 09/05/2011 5:30PM

The wicked weather has caused headaches from New Orleans to New Jersey and right here in the Mid- Ohio Valley the incessant heat and driving rain is dampening the Washington County Fair.

Officials at the fair say attendance is only slightly down when compared to years past but it's a different story for vendors who's finger foods are hard to enjoy in the rain. WTAP spoke with members of the Marietta Noon Lions Club, who sell food at the fair to fund their charitable works. Brenda Kornwall says the low profits may negatively impact the community.

"The money that we raise goes towards sight saving. We help many individuals in the community and they are able to obtain glasses because of what we do and our french cry sale," Kornwall says. "So, its going to impact us as well and the number of individuals we are able to serve."

Other vendors told us they may leave the fair early because the cost of running their stands for another day would put them in the red. ___________________________________________________________
No ifs, ands or buts about it, fair food and rides never go out of style. However, when the temperatures rise, there is an added concern for the safety of the attendees and animals at fair.

"Well, other than mother nature blessing us with hot weather," Bonnie Gill, Washington County Fair Board. "We had an incident, we lost a few market chickens, due to the excessive heat. The heats been fun but so far everything else is doing pretty good."

Attendance at the Washington County Fair is only slightly down when compared to years past, but for kids who brought their animals fair- this year is quite a bit more difficult. Austin Klintworth's calf is new to fair and he says he's doing everything can to keep Lizzie cool.

"Last year was a lot cooler," Klintworth says. "This year we've had to work a lot harder to make sure they're cool."

Karisa Lang explains that animals respond a lot like humans when put in extreme heat.

"They're not as active as what they would be. They are a little bit harder to cooperate," Lang says. "They just don't like it. We spray them down, put cold towels on them. We bring in fans and make sure everything they've got is cold."

Which is good advice for bovines and humans alike.