Heat wave takes toll but doesn't deter fairgoers

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Prepare for another scorcher at the Minnesota State Fair.

 KSTP reports that at least six people were transported to Regions Hospital Saturday as a result of the heat related illnesses. KARE 11 said that paramedics treated 40 people Saturday with heat-related issues. They average 30 on a normal day at the fair.

"A lot of people coming in for heat-related dehydration, dizziness, near-fainting episodes," Kent Griffith, EMS clinical supervisor with Regions Hospital, told KSTP. "We're finding most of the people are not taking precautions. They're coming to the fair, they're not drinking extra water."

Fair officials said they have a heat emergency plan in place, which would be triggered by a heat index of 100 degrees or more persisting for at least three hours. That would mean more misters and water stations set up across the fairgrounds.

KARE 11 reports that more paramedics and ambulances will be on hand on Sunday. KARE 11 also reports that the miserable weather isn't keeping Fair fans away. Combined attendance for Thursday and Friday was up about 8,000 people from last year and 3,500 people from 2011 over the same time span.

KMSP reports that fairgoers had to maneuver around numerous road closures and detours across the state on their way to the fairgrounds. The station reports that there are plans to build a transit hub near the west side of the Grandstand to allow unsnarl traffic on the Snelling Avenue entrance by next year.
Here's KSTP's story:

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