ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It takes a special fairy to spread her wings in heat like this, namely the fry fairy at the Fresh Fries booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
"Oh, I got a crowd forming," the fairy shouted from her elevated perch wearing tights, a corset, wings and all sorts of other things that may make a sweltering day that much worse.
On Monday, it was a record-breaking kind of heat day at the fair and the day before had numbers to suggest that would happen.
About 40,000 fewer people came to the fair on Sunday as compared to the same date a year ago. Of those that did come this year, 80 were treated for heat-related illness.
But for fair staff that run food stands, the doors open rain, shine or heat.
For 38 years, Audrey Skarda has sold deep fried cheese curds at the Great Minnesota Get Together.
She says the lines over the last two days are shorter than she's seen in at least a decade.
"Probably the lowest we have seen in many, many years," Skarda said.
Peak curd time for the last two days she says comes early.
"At 6 in the morning, yep, they have them for breakfast. Believe me they do," Skarda said.
But no question the real heat was coming from the coals at the Roasted Corn stand by the Grandstand.
The temperature inside the stand was hovering at 130 degrees around dinner time Monday. Next to the coals the temperature was about 200 degrees.
The heat is definitely driving down the bottom line.
"We are definitely down. It's a weather-based business," manager Nate Kulenkamp said.
Sales are down and the crews are taking twice as many breaks.
Kulenkamp says he isn't letting anyone go from his crew of 105 workers because they were promised a certain number of hours on the job.
"I'm not pulling them now saying they can't work," Kulenkamp said.
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