Rain not an issue for fairgoers

DES MOINES – A little rain won’t stop the fairgoers’ fun.

Thousands of fairgoers wore ponchos and umbrellas to enjoy food, entertainment and everything else the Iowa State Fair offered on its opening day, Thursday.

Donna Wriehort, of Altoona, wore her poncho, while Debbie Kain, of Carlise, stood under her umbrella, to enjoy the day.

“We always go the first day, we came with a group of people,” Kain said.

Jean Todey and Mary Gladson, both of Ottumwa, sat on a bench under the Administration Building, to take shelter from the rain.

“This is the first time we’ve been to the fair in the rain,” Gladson said. “We came to watch a band, so we didn’t have any other choice but to come.”

Kyle Able, of Newton, was also sitting on a bench under the Administration Building, while his boys Logan and Mason, enjoyed a corn dog.

“The rain isn’t going to stop us any,” Kyle said. “Oh yeah, we’re still having fun. We can’t let a little rain stop the fair.”

Vendors were selling umbrellas and ponchos for fairgoers. The Iowa State Fair continues through to Aug. 17.