Heat and the Fair

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Breeders are working hard to keep the animals cool. And for the most part, they say it's working.

"He did good, but we didn't place," Holly Loan says.

Billy weighs 1450 pounds, keeping him cool is a bigger challenge than winning. "This year we bought a new fan because we needed a bigger one. Other years I just had a smaller one," Holly says.

The steer can't get close enough to the fans. "Keeping the air on them makes em eat better, keeps their body fluids them eating and drinking so they'll stay in good health," Dennis Loan says.

With their fur coats, rabbits are also feeling the effects.

Don't forget the sheep! "It makes it harder on them they grow better when the weather's cooler and their performance is better," Dennis Smith says.

In the crop tent, you can see signs of the drought. "The cabbage I don't think did quite as good as it usually does and some of the vine crops the cantelope didn't produce quite as heavy as they usually do," Candise Delawder says.

Candise DeLawder's the winner of the vegetable sweepstakes...this year's her 14th top prize. "I think all the stuff that's been in the fair the quality's been pretty good. I'm sure it probably would have been better if we had more rain," Delawder says.

Livestock producers say the drought really didn't affect them this year...next year could be another story. "Because of the crops this year you're not going to have as good crops, good grass for the cows to eat the cow's not going to do as well," Dennis Loan says.


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