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August 11, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
I don't know about you, but there are days I can't handle the heat. And coupled with having to work outside can be sometimes downright unbearable. Thus was my Saturday. I started out the morning in Ghent. It wasn't too bad around 9 a.m. after the early-morning rain. Got a fun and quick story on the lawnmower pull, watched a 5-year-old kick butt at the pull and took a few photos at the kids activities. On to the Lyon County Fair. By 11:30, it was getting a tad bit humid. And I'm sweating like a stuck pig. In the ribbon auction building, I was kneeling in the wood shavings. Mud was already on my socks from earlier at the lawnmower pull. I was going back and forth taking photos of kids and animals. Then Rep. Collin Peterson made an appearance at the ribbon auction and here I was, the Independent news editor with sweat running down her face, mud on her socks and wood shavings stuck to her knees. I really looked a sight. But thank goodness for Mt. Dew, icy pop and chocolate malts. I had to return to the fair later in the day for the demolition derby. Now I've never shot anything close to the arena (ie. rodeo, etc.), so I wasn't sure who to ask if it was OK to stand down there and take photos. I just walked down there, no one stopped me or even asked if I had a wristband. I could've taken photos from the "crow's nest" above the action, but I was able to stand by the pit. By the time I was done a little after 6 p.m., I was SO ready for a shower. Ah, sweaty Saturdays.
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