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Continued: State Fairgoers keep cool as heat wave approaches

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 24, 2013 - 11:40 PM

But on Saturday she struggled to keep cool next to grills of turkey legs steaming in the sticky humidity and braced for the hottest State Fair she’s seen in 25 years.

“Normally, this is the one we look forward to because it’s cool,” she said.

Reas resorted to old-fashioned fans, buying $500 worth of extra fans this week to help keep her workers cool.

On a day like Saturday, Reas said it can feel like up to 120 degrees standing next to the hot smoke of hundreds of turkey legs grilling.

“It’s hot even when it’s not a heat wave,” she said. “Thank goodness we have a snow cone [booth] next to us.”

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141 Twitter: @kellystrib

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