Fair Watch


Thursday’s heat index was about 117 degrees, so I was curious when I saw many inhabitants of the Sheep Pavilion wearing coats of many colors. Some wore blue, while others were decked out in hot pink and even leopard print. Samantha Millburn, of Princeton, said the thin wraps were to keep the animals free of bedding and other debris before they head into the ring. Typically the sheep don’t mind the coverings, but when it is as hot as Thursday was? “Yeah, they don’t really like it,” Millburn said.


Bob Satnan | Democrat

• Not so long ago the Mathewson Exhibition Center used to be the top stop for Missouri State Fair promotional giveaways but it’s been pretty dry lately. On the first day of the Fair I noticed the wide hallways that are normally full of booths were surprisingly bare in certain areas. Did the Association of People Made of Ice decide to skip the sweltering Opening Day of the Fair? Maybe there will be more later, but all that empty space made me want to grab a canopy and set up a booth of my very own. — Columnist Travis McMullen

• I don’t recommend starting your time at the Fair during a Heat Advisory, especially while wearing jeans. I was trying to look professional, but with this Missouri heat, I’m ditching the pants and going for shorts. Sorry professionalism, avoiding heat stroke wins this round. — Reporter Nicole Cooke

• I couldn’t resist and made my traditional first purchase of the Missouri State Fair — a corn dog from Dick’s Corn Dogs. Tweet me your favorite Fair foods and what you think I should try next on Twitter @NicoleRCooke. — Reporter Nicole Cooke

• I am like many people who welcomed the return of racing to the Missouri State Fair last year. I would like to recommend a new class of racing for next year: golf carts and strollers. After only one day, I was amazed at the skill, speed and precision at which the drivers of their respective vehicles can maneuver in and out of traffic, tight corners or control they had on the straight-away. Carl Edwards, watch out! — Reporter Hope Lecchi

• One of my favorite comments from the Opening Day Ceremony was made by Gov. Jay Nixon when he said, “One of my greatest pleasures of being governor was when I had the opportunity to make Jim Mathewson a freshman again.” Nixon was referring to his appointment of former state Sen. Mathewson to the Missouri State Fair Commission last year. When Nixon was a freshman senator he recalled how then Sen. Mathewson would have him complete a number of menial tasks, adding that as the freshman on the Fair Commission he hoped the other commissioners would return the favor asking Mathewson to do the same for them. — Reporter Hope Lecchi

Thursday’s heat index was about 117 degrees, so I was curious when I saw many inhabitants of the Sheep Pavilion wearing coats of many colors. Some wore blue, while others were decked out in hot pink and even leopard print. Samantha Millburn, of Princeton, said the thin wraps were to keep the animals free of bedding and other debris before they head into the ring. Typically the sheep don’t mind the coverings, but when it is as hot as Thursday was? “Yeah, they don’t really like it,” Millburn said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FairWatch.jpgThursday’s heat index was about 117 degrees, so I was curious when I saw many inhabitants of the Sheep Pavilion wearing coats of many colors. Some wore blue, while others were decked out in hot pink and even leopard print. Samantha Millburn, of Princeton, said the thin wraps were to keep the animals free of bedding and other debris before they head into the ring. Typically the sheep don’t mind the coverings, but when it is as hot as Thursday was? “Yeah, they don’t really like it,” Millburn said. Bob Satnan | Democrat
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