Area Residents Stay Cool in Sweltering Heat

By Gina Ford

August 8, 2010 Updated Aug 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM CDT

Baseball fans were competing with more than foul balls at the Peoria Chief's game Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of spectators had to find their own ways to beat the heat, including 70 members of Morton's Community United Church of Christ.

"We're going to drink a lot of water and we have fans with the CUCC Community Church and we're all going to fan and cheer with these," said Maralene Davis.

On the other side of O'Brien Field, Kiley Magana and his family are staying cool under umbrellas, something he said makes the sweltering August sun more bearable.

"I was just commenting to my father that I'm happy we're out here and not in them stands," said Magana.

At the Lipmann Suite, baseball fans had the right idea. Watching a baseball game in the A.C.

Charlene Hozie was invited to join friends in a suite that overlooks the ballpark. And she said it is the only way to go.

"I won't be outside. No, this is nice to me," Hozie said.

She added had it not been for the indoor relaxed atmosphere, she would never have thought twice to brave the heat and come to see the game.

"Not this game. No. No, absolutely no."

Hours before the Chiefs took the field, more than a dozen residents gathered at Bradley park for a little fun in the sun- before it hit its peak that is.

"Some people call it disc golf, some Frisbee golf, some just go with 'frolf,'" said disc golfer, Matt Stevens.

These disc golf enthusiasts say after more than 10 years of playing, they know to break out the Gatorade and wake up early when it comes to summer games.

Disc golfer, Brian Harris said, "We usually try to do it every Sunday and today's going to be hot, so yeah we wanted to get out here early and beat the heat."

"Yeah get back to the AC as quick as possible," said Stevens.

Athlete or spectator, one things for sure, with several weeks left in summer, stay shaded and hydrated so you don't fall ill to heat exhaustion.

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