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Food vendors fight soaring temperatures


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--As temperatures soared into the 90's on Thursday, vendors at "Thursday's on First" struggled to keep food fresh in the sweltering heat.

For Daniel Kmetz, a cook, temperatures were overwhelming behind the grill.

"Oh God--probably like 100-degrees with all the smoke--fun stuff," said Kmetz.

The "fun" continued for cookie vendor Flora Tahan who's had to outsmart the sun.

"Everytime the sun goes there I have to move it to a different place that's how we keep it from melting," said Tahan.

For other vendors, keeping food items, like salad, fresh was challenging.

"The cold stuff, we do smaller portions so we go through it faster," said food vendor Alfredo Rios.

Though the majority of those who dared to venture out under the hot sun were looking for places to hide from it, there was at least one person taking advantage of it.

"We serve all hot food so it's actually kind of helping. On the colder days, we did have some trouble with stuff getting cold," said Matthew Robertson, a food vendor. "This is perfect. It's good for grilling."

While thousands attended "Thursday's on First," some area events were canceled due to the heat.  The Chatfield Brass Band concert was canceled due to Thursday's hot temperatures.

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