The kick off of the 22nd annual Sioux Falls JazzFest brought thousands outside to Yankton Trail Park, despite the near 100 degree temperatures.
"It was so hot, just walking across the parking lot I got too hot," said JazzFest fan Jeff Anderson.
"In the sun, by the fryer, its probably right at 100 degrees," said food vendor Ryan Beaucher.
Experienced JazzFest fans knew how to make it through the heat of the day.
"There's no shortage of beverages, that's the first thing," said five-year JazzFest veteran Steve Baumgartner who found a spot in the shade to put his feet up through the show.
"Use common sense, drink water…find some shade, we've got fans and tents to cool off in for a bit," said Dave Eiesland, President of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Board.
Thursday afternoon was also a scorcher for the thousands of people working at JazzFest.
"In the trailer in the shade, it's not so bad, we can stick our head in the refrigerator every once in a while," said Beaucher.
"The volunteers, they're out here doing this for free out of the goodness of their hearts so I feel for them," said JazzFest fan Dave Alf.
"Fortunately, as spectators, we get the shade trees but the performers, you just see them baking up there," said Baumgartner.
"Its part of the culture coming to this...we've had hotter weather for sure and the crowds just keep coming," said Eiesland.
The high temperatures are expected to continue throughout JazzFest on Friday and Saturday. Paramedics and Sioux Falls Fire & Rescue crews will be out at JazzFest all weekend to help with anyone who is experiencing medical issues from the heat.