The Sioux Empire Fair undoubtedly epitomizes summer for the Midwest.

We have some tips to help you make the most out of your Fair experience, while keeping your family prepared and safe.

  • Hydrate – It’s especially important that you remind kids to keep drinking fluids throughout the day at the Fair – they can forget in all the excitement and by the time thirst hits they’ll already be dehydrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends drinking about every 20 minutes if kids are active. Oh, and don’t forget to yourself – drink up!
  • Keep clean – Make sure to wash hands, especially after petting any of the livestock and before eating.
  • Repel – Use insect repellent that contains a small amount of DEET – a compound that repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry with them. Be aware that bright colors or flowery prints attract bugs – and so do perfumes and hair spray.
  • Block UV rays – Be sure to apply sunscreen even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage so be sure to apply sunscreen. And then the old adage of sunscreen: reapply, reapply, reapply (and don’t forget the ears!)
  • Wear shades – Break out those sunglasses. UV rays can also be harmful to your eyes, so give them a break from the sunshine too.
  • Stay watchful – The signs of heat exhaustion aren’t always loud and clear, and children might not understand why they’re feeling bad. So pay close attention to confusion, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, as they are all signs of heat exhaustion.

The 74th annual Sioux Empire Fair opens this Saturday, August 3 and runs until Sunday, August 11. For a full schedule of events visit the Fair’s website at SiouxEmpireFair.com.