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Posted on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:10 p.m.

Stay-cool ideas emerge as temperature and heat index rise at Ann Arbor Art Fair

By Ben Freed


Selling water at the Art Fair has become an annual cottage industry for area teens like Meggie Roach (right) and Helena Narowski (center)

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By selling water to fair-goers, John Yocum is just one area teen who is profiting from high temperatures at this year's Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Thomas Lott has his own booth at the fair and had a different idea to help cool down customers. He says his sales haven't gone up much, but he's seen quite a few more smiles outside his jewelry stand thanks to his "mist-ifying" idea.

I spoke with Yocum, Lott, and other innovative people at the fair for this Audio Report on how people are beating the heat: Click Here To Listen

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Ben Freed is a summer intern at You can reach him by email at or by phone at (734)-623-4674. Follow him on Twitter @BFreedInA2.



Fri, Jul 22, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

I was down to the fair Wed early evening, and in 25 years of going to the art fair, I have never seen fewer people. It was hot out there, but after 7 pm, there was more shade and it wasn't that bad walking around, as long as you are prepared with cold water. It was nice to easily walk around but many artists said traffic was way down. Bad break for the artists this week, that's for sure.