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Heat didn't stop 400 softball competitors in Fresno

Sunday, June 09, 2013

The record breaking heat impacted outdoor sporting events and celebrations around the Valley.

Heat didn't stop 400 softball competitors in Fresno

The record breaking heat impacted outdoor sporting events and celebrations around the Valley.

The scorching field didn't stop more than 400 girls from competing at the Nichelle Cano Memorial Softball Tournament. On Saturday players focused on pitching and hitting instead of the blistering temperatures. Many who showed up had their very own strategies on how to beat the heat.

"They got cooling rags they can wear out on the field the empires allow," Vanessa Avina with the Hanford Flames said.

In Sanger, event planner Elyse Griffin and her staff figured out how to cool down the wedding party during the evening's celebration.

"In the actual reception area we have the ceiling fan and the master coolers so that keeps the air circulated," Griffin said.

Griffin was confident the nearby lake paired with shady trees would give the wedding guests some comfort from the swelter.

"We keep them hydrated with ice water so our staff will provide them with ice water throughout the evening," Griffin said.

At San Gabriel Park in Clovis, a small crowd got together for the area's first Neighborhood Watch block party. About 70 homeowners were invited but some chose to avoid the hot barbeque.

"It's already been a damper to some of them, they have already told me they couldn't come out," homeowner Richard Shepard said.

Organizers had these misters and plenty to drink on hand to make sure those who braved the broil, stayed safe.

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heat wave, fresno, fresno county, hanford, clovis, sanger, local, mariana jacob
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