FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - You've heard the expression selling ice to an Eskimo?
An effort of that sort was unnecessary for the water peddlers operating beyond the edges of the state fairgrounds Monday.
"It's going to be around 100 degrees (Monday)," smiled Curtis Sykes as he pushed a homemade cart carrying a chest freezer filled with water bottles down Como Avenue.
Sykes took a week-and-a-half of vacation and drove to the fair from St. Peter to sell water. It seems to be a good decision in the midst of the hottest fair weather in more than 60 years.
"People are standing in the sun getting dehydrated, and I hydrate 'em," Sykes laughs.
It runs $72 for a peddler's license from the city of St. Paul, and that is all that's needed to get into business.
"$2.50 in there, a dollar out here," he tells fairgoers piling off buses and heading into the fairgrounds.
"Your mouth is dry, I'm your guy," he shouts.
But if you thought Walmart was a tough competitor, you haven't met D.J Hosea.
"Ice cold water, two for a dollar," he deadpans through a megaphone. "I actually got a two-sided sign, so when it's busier it's a buck."
Hosea also takes vacation during the fair from his two jobs as a cook and a security guard. He worked all 12 days of the fair last years, from 6 a.m. to midnight and told KARE 11 he cleared $6,000.
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