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Gales come hard and fast on the plains, whether or not there’s a county fair in progress underneath. A heavy late-day storm sent attendees at the Elbert County Fair in Kiowa ducking for cover on Aug. 5 but they hardly minded. The horse and tractor pulls were halted and food vendors scrambled to keep their wares from going soggy, while everyone else huddled in barns. The maelstrom soon passed, as is the style of late-summer prairie thunderheads, and things were back in swing. As the thunderhead blew east, still flashing with lightning, a glorious sunset crowned the fair with a rainbow.
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