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Heat leaves mark on state fair with major decline in daily attendance

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FALCON HEIGHTS — 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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