“The livestock families are here all day, pretty much,” Popp said. “You have to keep an eye on them all day in this heat. That’s part of the responsibility of owning animals.”
But exhibitors found ways to keep cool. Lynch, a 4-H leader, said along with making sure their livestock had enough water, 4-H’ers readied water balloons for Thursday’s annual 4-H Fun Night.
Dakota Dieterlen, 18, of New Washington, said he’s competed in the fair every year, except for this one, since he was 7 or 8 years old. Even though the mercury kept climbing, he said the fair crowds kept coming in.
“This only happens once a year. They like to see what ribbons their friends and family get,” Dieterlen said. “But they also like to see what’s available to buy before it goes up for auction.”
Allen said he’s seen cases where three generations of a family show up at the same fair. He said it all boils down to what’s important to people in the area.
“It’s tradition around these parts,” Allen said. “I’ve had people who come in from several different counties just to say hi to old friends or old college roommates.
“All you have to do is step into the barns and see, in some cases, great-grandparents helping out.”