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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--It’s not always easy to find a place to feed your baby in the scorching heat, but if you’re headed to the Grand Forks County Fair, there’s a special spot for you.

WDAZ's Kenneth Chase worked the fairgrounds to find where you can rock and rest.

Thousands of families are expected here at the fair this weekend.

But if you're a mother that's looking for a private place to feed your baby -- they've got a tent sent up with all the items you'll need.

The fair is filled with rides and food--

"I love the mini doughnuts,” said local mother, Ashley Biersner.

---and fun.

"The feel of the fair reminds me of being a kid,” said Biersner.

But this county fair season is in the middle of sweltering heat.

The Grand Forks Breastfeeding Coalition and Altru have a special place for nursing moms.

"It's nice to get out of the sun. And the heat and it's comfortable in there. Rocking chair, shade it's nice to be away from the crowd."

It's called the Rock and Rest Tent.

And it's available for any mom hoping to catch a break.

"We have snacks for them or if they have other children while they are nursing. If they just need to get out of the sun and rest,” said Organizer, Jeanie Andringa.

Dozens of moms use the tent every day during fair season.

It's been here for seven years and organizers say moms praise the tent each year.

But if you don't want to be indoors -- WDAZ News asked if mothers can feed their babies at the picnic tables where many families like to eat.

"We're not going to stop anybody. You have that right to feed your child wherever you want. But a lot of people do prefer privacy and so we're giving them that space and privacy that they choose,” said Andringa.

The tent is stocked with snacks, baby wipes and a changing station.

Two rockers are set up for mom and baby to sit in.

"In the heat trying to cover yourself and trying to stay cool is hard so being in the shade in a rocker it's great,” said Biersner.

WDAZ News has learned this isn't the only fair with a breastfeeding tent in the Northern Valley.

Organizers say you should call the fair in your area to find out if they have a similar spot.

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