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Published July 18, 2013, 06:05 PM

Frozen treats battling to last in summer heat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With temperatures like this, you may end up drinking your ice cream or snow cone before you can even take a few bites.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With temperatures like this, you may end up drinking your ice cream or snow cone before you can even take a few bites.

Here at the fair people are rushing around finding it hard to keep things cold before food spoils or turns into a soupy mess.

From here under the misting tent, temperatures don't seem so bad. But once you step outside from this temporary tropical break, you'll get to feel and see how fast things can heat up.

Adam Haisley, Fargo: "Indescribable. It's so good."

That's the taste of some ice cold on such a sweltering day. But here at the fair keeping your favorite treats frozen brings its fair share of problems.

Alex Quam, Selling Ice/Downtown Community Partnership: "Someone actually told me that their whole cart just melted. So then they obviously needed a refill."

Michelle Bates, WF Cheer Stand: "With the heat, it just wasn't able to keep up and keep things cold."

And like their cooler, Michelle Bates is having a hard time keeping her ice from turning into water. So let's see how fast it's going.

First up, we're going to see how long it takes to melt this 20 lb bag of ice right here on the sidewalk. Stick in the thermometer then press the start button.

Quam: "Especially on a day like today, ice is definitely a necessity."

And wait. Then wait some more.

While the ice chunks got smaller, the puddle grew larger, and after an hour about half of the bag was still left. The rest melting much quicker, once it got out of the bag.

Haisley: "My shakes the coldest thing out here so, just keeps you cool."

Next up we'll test Dip 'n Dots. And right now their temperature reads below zero. They start around forty below then slowly, but surely, begin to change shape. And in about 10 minutes, the now soupy mixture went up about sixty degrees Proving that the efforts to keep your food in solid form, are much harder in the heat.

Bates: "We may either crawl through the cooler or hop in that misty tent later."

So if you're hoping to come out and keep your frozen treats cold a little longer, tomorrow or Saturday might be your best bet.

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