Madison County fair goers brave the heat

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HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) - Hot muggy weather did not deter fair goers to the Madison County Fair in Highland. The annual six day event attracts visitors and exhibitors from surrounding counties.

Saturday proved to be the hottest day of the summer so far for the St. Louis area.

“People don’t care.  It’s summer in southern Illinois; it’s always hot. We’ve had a good week..nice and cool ..this s  a little bit humid, but it’s the fair,” said Madison County Fair Board member Rick Frey.

Carnival workers draped towels soaked in cold water around their necks to help beat the heat.  Cattle owners set up fans to move the air around in the barns in hopes of keeping their prize animals cool. Children stood under a misting tent or savored giant soft serve ice cream cones.

The fair dates back to 1872.  It concludes on Sunday.  It will be open from 8am to 7pm at the fairgrounds in Highland.

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