Reporter: Sally Delta
Rockbridge Co., VA - Wednesday is day one of the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show. Vendors have been pushing through the heat to get ready for opening day.
Fortunately, organizers have learned how to deal with this heat from years past with plenty of ways to keep everyone cool. This year, they even pushed back the start time two hours to prevent fair-goers from getting overheated.
Mike Puffenbarger has been selling sandwiches at the fair for 10 years. He set up his tent the night before and brought a mobile unit to keep the food cool.
"We don't get to work in there, mom does; She's the mixer," said Puffenbarger from Puffs BBQ.
Mom fixes the food inside, while he serves outside.
"We've got the fan running and after today we've got the promise of cooling down, but yeah it's kind of warm," said Puffenbarger.
Teddy McPeak spent the last several days setting up the rides in 90 degree temperatures.
"We set up the octopus yesterday and the cars this morning," said McPeak.
With a deadline approaching, he's had to put in 14 hour days. So staying hydrated is a must.
"With about 30 Gatorades and 20 waters, at the end of the day I get very tired and a little woozy. You know, drained yeah," said McPeak.
To escape the heat they'll have events like karaoke and a zumbathon indoors in the coliseum.
"It's really comfortable in here. It's a nice change from where we just were out in the sun," said Kathy Vance from the VA Horse Center.
You can also take cover on the other side of the fair grounds where the animals are. When all the work is done, McPeak looks forward to bringing his daughter out to enjoy it.
"All the hard work is worth it. I enjoy watching the kids on the rides. It's fun," said McPeak.
Doors opened Wednesday at 6 p.m. and the fair runs through Saturday. Organizers have EMT and cooling stations on site to keep everyone safe.