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Gallatin County Fair Helps Beat The Heat

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The Gallatin County Fair continues through the weekend.  And with highs in Bozeman expected to be in the mid to upper 80s, visitors may be looking for ways to beat the heat while still enjoying the festivities.

Gallatin County Fairgrounds Manager Sue Shockley said the solution is simple.

"I think the biggest thing I would encourage people to do is stay hydrated, because it is hot," said Shockley.

The fairgrounds do have a cool resting place in the old poultry and rabbit barn, but Shockley said the most popular place to cool off is the Haynes pavilion.

"There's seating in there, there's a lot of fun free activities for kids," said Shockley.  "So parents can take their kids in there, they can sit and watch and the kids can play in the shade."

Not only people have to stay cool at the fair. The animals need to cool off too.

"We have rented some big coolers, well they are big fans that run water through them to keep the barns cool," said Shockley.

But when the animals aren't at the fair, 4-H'er, Trista Bates says she keeps her cattle cool by keeping them clean.

"We wash them every day and keep them clean," said Bates. "And just keep them in a cool barn when it is hot outside."

Shockley says to avoid the heat, you might want to come to the fair later in the evening.

The Gallatin County Fair is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to about 11 p.m. and on Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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