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A Lot of Work Needed to Keep Animals Healthy Under Heat at Delaware State Fair

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A rooster at the Delaware State Fair. (Tom Lehman/WBOC) A rooster at the Delaware State Fair. (Tom Lehman/WBOC)

HARRINGTON, Del. -- As temperatures remained high at the Delaware State Fair on Friday, volunteers and staff at the fair worked to keep livestock healthy.

Many animals arrived at the fairgrounds near Harrington on Friday ahead of contests they'd been entered for.

Robbie Emerson of Emerson Farm in Middletown, Delaware said it was important to get cows that spent a long ride in a trailer to the fairgrounds into the pavillion.

"The cows don't really like the heat. They like it in here because they can get under the nice fans, get baths every day, and they get taken care of," he said.

Elsewhere on the poultry and waterfowl were housed in the Delmarva Building on the fairgrounds, where big fans spun from the ceiling to cool off hot birds.

Tanya Miller of Harrington said she and other people working at the fair made sure animals had water and weren't showing signs of heat exhaustion.

"They'll start panting a lot and they'll kinda actually sweat, where they look like they're wet...like they got a bath," he said.

Students from Cape Henlopen High School like Antonia Panchoo said working with animals like goats or chickens could be difficult because they don't always cooperate.

But the work was worth it, Panchoo said.

"You have to make sure they have enough water when they're in the carriers and when you take them places and stuff like that and make sure they're not overheating when they're out in the sun," she said.

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