Organizers: Hydration key to beating the heat at Douglas County Fair

Organizers are giving fairgoers tips and tricks to stay cool while out at the fair.

Posted: Aug 7, 2018 6:38 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2018 6:43 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- While out at the Douglas County Fair, there are several easy ways for fairgoers to stay cool and hydrated.

Amongst all the rides, vendors and food carts, there are several buildings at the Douglas County Fairgrounds that are air conditioned.

In those buildings are water fountains you can use to fill up your water bottles.

There are also shaded areas of the fairgrounds where you can sit and enjoy music and live shows.

Fairgrounds Director Dan Hults said the most important thing is making sure you stay hydrated.

“Well make sure you stay hydrated. That’s the number one thing. Drink lots of water and fluids to keep your electrolytes up and things like that,” Hults said. “And, you know, there’s a lot of things to see, but take your time doing it. You don’t have to run around and do things like that.”

You can bring your own water bottles to the fair, but they must be factory-sealed.

Douglas County Fire District 2 Paramedic Mike Merlino said you should also dress appropriately.

“They’re predicting 99 degrees. It’s probably going to be 106 on the pavement,” Merlino said. “Dress accordingly: shorts, layers. Drink some water. The fair is allowing factory-sealed water in, so you can bring that in. They’re not allowing Hydroflasks in.”

If you do get overheated, there are first aid booths being run by Douglas County Fire District 2 where you can sit in the shade and get hydrated.

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