July 18, 2019 10:49 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Today was the hottest Thursdays Downtown this year, but the heat didn't stop thousands from being outdoors and enjoying it.
While visitors have the luxury of coming and going, that wasn't the case for vendors.
Workers usually set up around 8 a.m. and take down around 9 p.m.
Thursday, though, the street festival wrapped up at 7 p.m. due to weather concerns.
Over at the "Newts and Hefe Rojo" tent, employees tried to beat the heat by staying hydrated.
"We have our very own customized water bottles and we have some fans inside [of the tent],” said Leia Spencer. “Sometimes, I just pretend I am going to the bathroom so that I can take a break and splash some water on my face. Otherwise, we just keep our hair up, keep our tanks on and try our hardest not to get heat stroke.”
Spencer says younger employees also have shorter shifts, and all employees take frequent breaks when they can.
"For people that are stuck outside and don't have an air-conditioned place to go, don't over exert yourself. That's key, it really is,” said Chad Kuhlman, a Rochester firefighter. “When we see people have problems in this sort of heat, a lot of the times it’s because they don't hydrate and don't prepare."
Despite the weather, Kuhlman says they did not respond to calls for heat exhaustion at Thursday's event.
The City of Rochester says it will be offering free public transit again on Friday, July 19, for people who need a cool place to go.
Created: July 18, 2019 10:49 PM
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