How to keep cool at the fair

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - When it gets hot at the Minnesota State Fair, there are some ways to cool down.

Health Partners physician Dr. Bjorn Peterson is assistant medical director of Regions Hospital EMS which runs the first aid stations at the fair.

Peterson says fairgoers who feel overheated should stop at one of the two air conditioned first aid stations.

Other ways to stay cool include standing in front of a fan in one of the fair buildings.

Health Fair 11 has a number of fans in its Rest and Recharge station where you can have a seat and also plug in to recharge your phone.

A few of the restaurants at the fair have misters that spray a fine mist of water you can walk through. The fair also brings out some portable misters and places them in locations throughout the fairgrounds when it gets really steamy.

Peterson also suggests wearing light, loose-fitting clothing, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and watching out for children, those with special needs and the elderly to make sure they are not overheating.

He says when temperatures rise, don't try to see it all at the fair. Take it slow.

Of course, if you need a free drink of water and a shady place to sit a spell, stop on by the KARE barn.


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