Fairgoers Take on Heat

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EUGENE, Ore. — The first day was a hot one for the Lane County Fair. Wednesday, hundreds of people flooded the fairgrounds for opening day.

One of the most popular attractions at the fair was the shade. Fairgoers gathered under trees and awnings and dipped into air-conditioned buildings to try and find some relief from the heat, but it wasn’t hot enough to keep people away and entirely.

Eugene firefighters were on watch all day to make sure fairgoers were well hydrated and taking care of themselves in the hot weather.

“I can see a lot of people cooling off in the air conditioning, taking breaks, drinking water. I think they’re getting the picture. It’s hot out here. There’s no doubt about it,” said Derek Thorstenson of Eugene Fire & EMS.

Firefighters say most everyone seems to be able to take care of themselves by staying hydrated and taking breaks when they need them. But it’s going to be even hotter Thursday, and firefighters say they’ll be keeping an extra eye out.

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