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STATE FAIR: Record heat clears crowds

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (KMSP) -

As triple-digit heat indexes set in over the great Minnesota get together, many streets at the Minnesota State Fair cleared of crowds.

Although a lot of people chose to stay home or find a different way to beat the heat, FOX 9's Rob Olson found a few people who just can't stay away.

Sure, a lot of them work at the fair -- and a few admit they'd rather be elsewhere, but some adopted a competitive spirit to see who has the hottest job.

Slower business at the corn roast meant they could turn off one roaster, bringing the temperature inside down to a balmy 108. With fewer people clamoring for Martha's Cookies, there have been fewer trips into the 350-degree oven. So, the winner has to be the man who faces off against a 2,300-degree furnace once an hour to demonstrate glass-blowing techniques for fairgoers.

The hottest spots at the fairgrounds so far have been the fans and misters. Organizers have ordered 10 more in light of the record-setting temperatures.

Medical staff spent much of the day shuttling people with signs of heat exhaustion to and from stations, and they even called in a third ambulance just in case.

The Minnesota State Fair has also mandated all marching bands performing in the daily parade must wear shorts instead of their uniforms.

On Sunday, four patients were taken to area hospitals from the fairgrounds due to heat-related illness. About 80 others were treated on-site. The numbers for Monday won't be available until Tuesday.

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