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Dangerous weather a familiar problem for vendors and carnival workers who spend summers on the road

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WEST FARGO, N.D.—Those who make their livelihood "on the road" know all too well the dangers of living out of an RV or camper during the summer here on the Great Plains.

Life for vendors and midway workers can be great come payday, but living in campgrounds while on the road has its risks.

At the Oof-Da Taco Stand on the Midway at the Red River Valley Fair, it is all about prepping for this first day of the fair.

And Ryan Berger, who has brought his food show on the road for years.

"This one, 26-years, but before that we did mini-donuts," Berger said.

He knows by now, it is no easy life.

"In Fargo, there is always some weather that happens here, you have to be prepared for it. There has been some high winds and we had some tents go down. We used to put a tent here, but we had too many wrecks," Berger said.

Especially when he and his crew are living in this vendor campground near the Midway.

"I mean, if it is coming, it's coming, you will know when it is coming," Berger said.

The big concern: our unpredictable midwest weather.

"Be aware of your surroundings and know where to go in case you have to bail out, the best building next to me is the beer garden," Berger said.

In Watford City, the tragic loss of a newborn life and so many injured as the overnight tornado leveled the campground.

A reminder of how quickly things can change for those in campers.

"If there is a shelter, I want to know about it," Helen Arzt, entertainer, said.

Helen Arzt is one of the stage singers here at the fair.

She has been on the road for years, dating back to singing in the Billy Graham Crusades.

Her RV is big and heavy, but it doesn't mean she hasn't seen storms sweep through campgrounds.

"We were in Minot at the Roughrider Campground, a tornado hit there, and very strong. We were on stage and we went in the shelter and that was pretty scary," Helen said.

Bad news for our friends out west, the potential is good for more bad weather overnight.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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