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It was not only "chicken-n-chops" that were charbroiled at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. A slim fair crowd was, too, but many took advantage of sprinklers placed around the fairgrounds to allow people to cool off. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Bennett family was well prepared for searing heat at the Minnesota State Fair.

The frozen grapes, plentiful water, white T-shirts, changes of clothes and extra deodorant helped, but were not enough to make the Rice Lake, Wis., family actually cool Tuesday.


“Just waiting for ice cream,” dad Greg Bennett said.

Carter Bennett, 13, suggested a way to beat the heat: “The haunted house is air conditioned.”

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.