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Delaware State Fair Kicks Off Under Hot Temperatures

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HARRINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware State Fair kicked off on Thursday at the fairgrounds near Harrington as brutal temperatures and sunlight bared down on early visitors in the afternoon and early evening.

The fair runs through July 29. It features a number of exhibits on agriculture as well as amusement rides, food, and musical acts like Darius Rucker on Sunday.

Although many people visiting the fair on Thursday said they were happy to see the annual return, they noted the heat was a big part of the day. A heat advisory was in effect until 7 p.m.

"It feels like 100 degrees," said Dulcy Longnecker, a young child who visited the fair with her family on Thursday.

Kathleen Barkman of Dover visited the fair with relatives who were in town. She said the heat was difficult to deal with but it wasn't going to stop her and relatives from seeing attractions like pig races.

"It's OK. It's summer, it's supposed to be hot. It's alright, you deal with it. In a few months we'll be wishing it was this warm," she said.

Lisa Page, a security worker at the fair, said people leaving the festival in the afternoon made it clear the heat was making it tough to stay outside.

"They be telling me they're not coming back until it cools off," she said.

Some people like Krissy Patton reached for cool drinks or ice cream to make things more bearable.

"It would be nicer if it was a little bit cooler but its always fun to go to the state fair no matter what," she said.

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