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Fans, cold water, cool owners help animals at fair
Grace Tollefson, 18, of New Glarus, cools down one of her cows Thursday during the Green County Fair. Tollefson, who has been showing cows for six years, said this seems to be the hottest year at the fair so far. To order either photo, click here. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - With temperatures in the 90s and the heat index topping 104 degrees on Thursday afternoon, animal handlers at the Green County Fair were stressed to keep their birds, rabbits, pigs and cows cool. They will have to continue their efforts today because the excessive heat warning is in effect through this evening. County fair workers have set up a dozen fans in each barn as hogs sprawl themselves out, panting in their stalls on piles of hay, and ducks dunk their beaks into bucketfuls of water.