Fair, thermometer experiences high numbers

The big story out of the 76th South Logan County Fair and Livestock Show last week was numbers, both of which were in the triple digits.

South Logan County Fair Board President Joe O’Bar said all 109 of the 4H and FFA exhibitors who had pre-registered for the fair turned out for the event held last Tuesday through Saturday at the South Logan County Fairgrounds on Carolan Road.

O’Bar added, however, that some exhibitors did not check in all of the animals they had registered, for various reasons. Other animals had to be taken home due to the heat.

Heat indexes were into the 100s on multiple days, including on Thursday, which was the day of the rabbit show, prompting officials to release the rabbits following the show rather than keep them on site through Saturday.

“We were going to have animals die,” O’Bar said. “Some of the rabbits had never been out of the house.”

Other animals more suited to the weather, like cattle, were nonetheless monitored throughout the fair, with fans blowing constantly during the heat of the day.