NEW LEXINGTON – By 10:30 Tuesday morning, it was already 90 sweltering degrees and Perry County Fair participants were doing everything possible to keep themselves and their livestock cool. Fortunately for those in livestock competitions, animals can handle the heat fairly well.
“Livestock are tougher than people,” said New Lexington FFA advisor Roger Davis. “It’s really no different than them being at home.” He said as long as there’s water available and some airflow, the livestock should be fine. New Lexington FFA advisor Heather Noll- Foster said gigantic ceiling fans recently installed in the livestock show arena are not only helping cool the building, they are also cutting down noise since multitudes of smaller fans are no longer necessary. “It calms the livestock,” she said.
Noll-Foster added that Gun Bash revenue helped to finance the ceiling fans.
Michael Blackwell wishes his Sandwich Masters vending booth had ceiling fans. “(The heat’s) a pain,” he said, as he stood in front of a simmering metal f lat top stove grilling vegetables. Blackwell, who mans the vending booth as a summer job, said the booth has some air conditioning, but vents tend to blow any cool air straight out of the booth. “I just drink a lot of water,” he said.
The Perry County Fair runs through July 21. Emily Stevens and Robert Householder were this year’s Perry County Fair queen and king.