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Rain doesn't deter determined Oklahoma State fairgoers

Owen Gartner of Newton, Kan., holds a stuffed dragon prize at the Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Owen Gartner of Newton, Kan., holds a stuffed dragon prize at the Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

It just wouldn't be the Oklahoma State Fair without at least one day of torrential rain.

The wet weather Sunday dampened but didn't damper fairgoers attending the event's fourth day.

The deluge started and stopped through much of the afternoon. The walkways quickly cleared when the rain fell as people funneled into buildings with indoor exhibits. Retailers' tents became suddenly more popular when the rain picked up.

Throngs gathering to collect Indian tacos and cinnamon rolls all but evaporated once the sprinkles became a spray. Some stragglers stayed under food vendors' canopies, and a defiant few remained at their picnic tables or in open air devouring their meals while getting soaked.

Patrick Richardson manned the sideshow tent deep in the midway through the afternoon. He said a few people put down their two dollars to get a little shelter.

"It pulled a few people this way, but most of them ran the other way toward buildings," he said.

A Jamaica native working the traveling circuit for two decades, Richardson said the rain made Sunday midway traffic a little light.

"Overall, it kept more people off," Richardson said.

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Even with thinned crowds, the Ferris wheels and other rides kept moving through the rain. Shouts of "Ponchos!" and "Umbrellas!" joined the chorus of vendors selling ice cold drinks or shots at a stuffed animal on a game of chance, skill or luck. 

Kat Simpson said the weather didn't detract her or her daughter, Bayleigh, 7, from their day at the fair. They took the downpours as an opportunity to check out the merchandise inside the fairgrounds' buildings.

"Mom came down to eat and shop," Simpson said. The bacon cheese curds are highly recommended, she said.

And Bayleigh said her favorite part of the fair was the India Shriner booth. On her cheek were the streaked remnants of a butterfly.

"I got my face painted, but it almost washed off in the rain," she said.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with a predicted high of 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The rest of the fair forecast looks to be warm and mostly sunny, with the next rain chances expected to be 20 percent on Thursday, the weather service said. 

The fair concludes Sept. 27.

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People order from a concession stand Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

People order from a concession stand Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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