Updated: Aug 01, 2011
from: WBOC-TV 16, Salisbury
HARRINGTON, Del. (AP)- Organizers say the heat took a toll on attendance at the Delaware State Fair for the second year in a row.
Danny Aguilar, the fair's assistant general manager and director of marketing, said the heat was most severe during the first few days, but attendance bounced back before the fair closed Saturday.
Aguilar said that attendance figures were as low as 25 percent of normal during the worst of it.
The 10-day fair usually averages about 302,000 patrons. And although officials reported few heat-related health problems for human visitors, some of the animals didn't fare as well.
The poultry barn saw temperatures as high as 104 degrees. Organizers sprayed down tin roof with water, but the heat killed some birds and rabbits.