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Central Wisconsin State Fair kicks off with plenty of heat


The 111th Central Wisconsin State Fair is here and the heat has shown no mercy.

The scorching temperatures have people running for relief, but organizers said they don't expect the heat to hurt attendance.

The heat is on at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield.

"Hot," said Sharlene Wehrman.

"The top of my head keeps on getting wet here and I have to keep waving it to the side," said Corbin Vidaillet.

People faced climbing temperatures as the sun beamed down.

Fans are sprinkled across the fairgrounds along with shady spots, ice cream, cold drinks and shaved ice.

"Really stay hydrated, stay in the shade, we do have access to little golf carts for those people to wave down," said Heidi Born-Smith, Fair General Manager.

Even with the fans and shaved ice, some people said you just have to take the battle into your own hands.

"A lot of people are looking at me like, looking up at the sky and looking at me, looking up at the sky, and I say no it's not going to rain, it's just the heat," said Sheila Thomas.

For Thomas, a big, blue umbrella seemed to do the trick.

"UV rays and just the intensity of the heat, the intensity of the sun just hitting on you, it's very uncomfortable," said Thomas.

While she said it's a different approach, she'll do whatever it takes to enjoy the fair.

"One lady looked at me and said I wish I would have thought of that," said Thomas.

Organizers expect about 130,000 people will take part this year, because of new events and musical acts. That's up by about 5,000 people compared to last year.

"We're just trying to look out for everybody here," said Born-Smith.

As the fair gets into full swing, people like Thomas said they'll do their best to stay cool in the hot summer sun.

The grandstand musical acts kick off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with Justin Moore.

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