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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The 106 State Fair of Oklahoma opened its gates Thursday morning to eager crowds and rainfall.

But did the wet weather dampen the spirits of the fair-goers? 

Well we went to the state fairgrounds to find out.

Mike and Deborah Davis echo the sentiments of a lot of Thursday’s fairgoers.

They said, "Oh man, it's raining cats and dogs but you’re gonna stay out here? Yeah! We like cats and dogs."

Others wished they had planned a little better.

"It’s cold and it's wet and I should have worn long pants," another fair-goer said.

But the rain and cooler temperatures were just a minor inconvenience for these folks who lined up for fun food and exhibits.

Some of the younger crowd took shelter inside waiting for a chance to get involved in some of their favorite fair rituals.

One million people are expected through the fair gates this year.

The sun wasn't shining Thursday but most agreed it didn't matter. 

They enjoyed the sights and sounds of the fair while getting a break from the Oklahoma drought.

The crowds will warm the State Fairgrounds from Thursday through Sept. 23.