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Delaware State Fair Continues as Heat Wave Cools Down

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HARRINGTON, Del.- Nothing says summer like the Delaware State Fair. But this summer tradition fell right in the middle of the season's second official heat wave, making the fair's opening day a scorcher.

The heat has finally gone down just enough for those who work at the fair to get a breath of cool air. Frank Zaitshik is president and CEO of the organization responsible for managing the carnival area. He said that the drop in temperature is a great sign.

"It's rock and roll time," he said. "The weather has changed. And it's kinda like a guy that's being hit by a hammer. And when it stops - it feels so good."

The temperature was just below 90 degrees for the majority of the day Sunday. While it was still a very hot day, compared to those before it, it was comfortable for many of the fair's workers. Jada Greig is a ticketer at the fair and said she was relieved to have the temperature go down.  

"I just hope it stays cool so I'm out there working and not sweating," she said.

The animals were feeling the heat as well. From the giraffes and the llamas to the even more bizarre, the heat had major effects. Chris Eck looked after some of these more bizarre animals, including the world's smallest horse, the world's smallest pig and the world's largest tortoise.

"Yesterday was hot," he said. "You stand here for like five minutes and you was sweating like a pool. But today should be a lot better on the animals."

And even the vendors selling cold drinks were happy about the drop in temperatures. Renzo Rincon was selling lemonade and smoothies, and said the heat wave actually kept a lot of people away from the event.

"Sometimes when it's too hot - it's not too good for us," he said. "So it's just the right type of heat that gets us the most people."

Fair officials expected to have a large turnout Sunday as Chase Adkins was performing at 7:30. The fair continues through Saturday, July 27.

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