By: Kylen Mills
The Rock Island County Fair is in full swing, and officials are taking extra steps to keep the animals safe from the heat this year.
Fair officials tell us they're doing more walk throughs and fair veterinarians are checking animals more often. They bought large fans that will be available to all the animals and fair officials will make sure each has enough water.
This is also the first year the fair has a written animal welfare policy. fair officials say they want to keep all the animals happy and healthy.
"There's always the opportunity or the issue with heat with animals just like it is with people. So we'll be looking at limiting activity for those animals when it's that hot and again just taking extra precautions," said Steve Simpson, Vice President of the Fair Association Board of Directors.
The animals will be busy today with the 4 H sheep show, 4 H horse and pony show and the junior swine show. The festivities start back up at 9:00am.