Donated fans keep Montgomery County Fair animals safe


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Temperatures climbing past the 90 degree mark gives new hurdles for local fairs.

The Montgomery County Fair is combating that issue by supplying donated fans for farm animals in several stables.

Betty Wingerter, a 4-H Extension Educator in Montgomery County, tells us the weather has drastically changed since the state poultry competition only a few short weeks ago.

“We had that beautiful weather. We had our hoodies on in the morning we all figured when the Montgomery County fair rolls around it’s going to be hot,” Wingerter said.

Fair participants are making the most of the warm temperatures. Participants were seen on Tuesday bathing and supplying water to their animals.

“Water is the most important nutrient that any animal can have and it needs to be clean and fresh,” Wingerter said, “The young people are going to be checking that water four to five times a day.”

We’re asking questions to local veterinarians about animal safety in the heat.

Shane Hodson says keeping them hydrated isn’t the lone factor to consider.

“To limit the activity that they have and to have as many fans as possible to promote air movement,” he said.

And there won’t be a shortage of fans at the fair this year. Vandalia Rentals has donated several large fans to keep animals safe.

“We caution the young people don’t haul during the heat of the day. Haul early in the morning or you can bring your animals in after 4:30 or 5 o’clock tonight.”

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