Fair animals feel the heat

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday was a beautiful day to visit the Canfield Fair, but with hotter temperatures in the forecast, how do people keep their animals cool in the extreme heat?

The animals at the fair can experience heat stroke just like humans. Fair veterinarians say that keeping the animals in the shade, positioning a fan to move the air around them and making sure they have plenty of fresh water are a few steps folks can take to keep them healthy.

“If they are panting excessively, or have a high respiration rate, they don’t want to eat, or look kind of depressed, those would be some symptoms of them feeling stress from the heat,” veterinarian Dr. Cindy Wanee said.

Officials suggest that if the animals are showing those symptoms, call a veterinarian to come check them out.

“We pay attention to the water and posting of the fans, we make sure we have the fan on high and give them fresh water at least every hour to make sure it is nice and cold,” Lucky Llamas 4-H Club member Jennel Benson said.

She said her llama lays down and moans when he gets too hot.

“I would just hurry up and get two fans, make sure he is nice and cold and if he is still too hot, I would bring an ice cold bucket of water and just dump it on him and he loved it,” Benson said.

Fair attendance so far is up over last year, according to statistics provided by the Fair Board office. Wednesday’s attendance was 21,442, up almost 4,000 people from last year’s first-day attendance of 17,695. Thursday, which was the official opening day, saw 38,616 people come through the gates, compared to 36,293 on the same day last year.

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