Stay Safe at the State Fair
August 22, 2016
Huron, South Dakota, is home to the South Dakota State Fair! The State Fair is a tradition for many families. It’s an opportunity to bring the family together for exciting rides, outstanding 4-H projects and showmanship, wholesome entertainment and the comradery of celebrating summertime and South Dakota.
The fair always provides abundant smiles, but it can also provide painful sunburns. Prior to leaving for the fair, be aware of the weather. If it’s a scorcher outside, be sure to drink lots of fluids, including water. Apply a layer of sunscreen before leaving your home, and be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours – whether it’s sunny or cloudy.
One of the must-see attractions at the fair is the livestock barns. It’s always a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes at the fair. There may be wires, metal pieces and other bits of debris on the barn floors. It can also protect feet that may have cuts and blisters from the feces and urine in the barn. If your child has touched any of the animals, it is important you use soap and water to remove the bacterial from your child’s hands as soon as you exit the livestock barns. Waterless sanitizer is okay but may not be able to take away all the germs and dirt that may be on your child’s hands.
Are you going to be riding on the exhilarating rides while at the State Fair? Be sure to read all safety information prior to placing your child on the ride. The height requirement is especially important. Another tip is to let your child watch the ride a few times prior to sending them on. This will allow you to see how your child reacts. If possible, accompany your child on the ride. It’s fun for both of you and helps create a sense of security for your child.
Although cell phones make it easier to track down older members of your family, the younger children may not be as easy to find if lost. Plan ahead with your children to determine what the course of action will be if you happen to be separated. One approach is to tell your child to stay where they are as soon as they notice you are not near them. This will make it easier for you to track down where your child may be. Another idea is to write your cell phone number on your child’s forearm. That way, if they are lost, they can ask a security guard or law enforcement officer to help find you.
Don’t forget to eat healthy while at the fair also. Although deep fried Oreos may sound appealing, your body needs better nutrition in order to function properly and continue to keep your energy up while at the fair. Try having a fresh fruit smoothie, corn on the cob or a pulled pork sandwich.
Being prepared is the first step in having a great time at the South Dakota State Fair! For those of you coming to town, welcome to Huron! We appreciate you supporting this great South Dakota tradition. Have fun and enjoy!
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