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Sometimes it seems if it weren't for bad luck, the 2016 Illinois State Fair would have no luck at all. A power outage has hit the south end of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, where cleanup continues in areas hard hit by record rain Friday and more downpours Monday. The outage first appeared at 9:30 Tuesday morning. Troubleshooters continue to check transformers in hopes of finding the cause of the outage. Without finding the source, state fair officials say they're not ready to offer a timetable for restoration of power. Some vendors, already dealing with a smaller than usual preview night crowd, record rain Friday and more rain Monday, are fighting to save their products. Public health officials are assisting in that effort and refrigerators at the Department of Agriculture tent are being used in a bid to do just that. 

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