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Published July 15, 2011, 09:29 PM

Red River Valley Fair animals dealing with the heat

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - That hot weather is wreaking havoc on farmers and their animals at the Red River Valley Fair. Many are already taking necessary safety measures.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

That hot weather is wreaking havoc on farmers and their animals at the Red River Valley Fair. Many are already taking necessary safety measures.

The intense scorcher starting to bear down on us may force staple fair activities to actually be canceled. The heat wave just too unsafe for those involved.

Animal owners are placing giant fans into the pens of pigs, horses, and cattle. Fans also line building hallways. That is helping cool the award winning animals. Many of them don't have much energy. They are simply just laying around, outside of the sun, in the shade, the heat clearly already getting to them. Owners are making sure the animals have enough water to drink. In fact, they are pinching the animals skin or pushing on their gums to see if the show animals are dehydrated.

Derik Kraft – Horse Owner: “We try to keep the doors open here at the fair. The nice thing today is we have a little bit of a breeze. Whether we'll have that tomorrow, it's hard to say. But if there's not a breeze you'll see some big fans running in here just to get the air moving.”

Owners are closely watching the animals to make sure they aren't overworked or too tired. That means some classes or sessions may be canceled. Tomorrow, being the last day of the fair.

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