On Saturday, 14-year-old Taylor Heffner of Huron volunteered to participate in the grain engulfment training demonstration at the Wheat Growers booth located on Third Street at the South Dakota State Fair. After donning a protective jumpsuit and harness, Heffner was instructed to step into the grain bin filled with corn. As she immediately began sinking past her knees, the two trainers asked if she could move or lift her legs. She said no and continued to sink. The rescue team then installed a 4-piece tube around the trapped girl until she was able to reach the hand- and foot-holds and climb out. After Heffner removed the protective coverall, onlookers could see the “dimples” in her legs made by the pressure of the kernels of corn in the bin. The trainers also demonstrated the volatility of grain dust, using a half-cup of dust to produce an almost-instantaneous explosion. Fairgoers can see these potentially life-saving demonstrations at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today and Monday.
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