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In Vermont, muted State Fair reflects post-Irene tumult; roads flooded, farms damaged
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) ' With donation cans at each entrance, a FEMA booth in one of the barns, and fewer people and exhibits than hoped for, the 166th Vermont State Fair is under way, dampened in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
Some farm exhibitors have canceled and vendors from flood-stricken communities won't be at the fair, which runs through Sept. 11.
Fair officials say attendance was off slightly on Friday's opening night, due to the continuing recovery from the storm's flooding and damage.
Manager Richard Rivers says a brook that runs through the fairgrounds turned into a lake during the height of Sunday's flooding and forced the removal of a petting zoo tent.
American Red Cross donation cans were at all the gates Saturday, and Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives were on hand.