You’re invited to the Cowley County Fair. Before you go to the fairgrounds, make these preparations so you can be hydrated, healthy and and happy at the fair!

First, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated before you leave your house. Regardless of the activity (fair spectator or participant), you’ll feel better if you are drinking plenty of liquids. Water helps your body keep your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues and get srid of body waste (perspiration, urination and more).

Take a water bottle with you to the fairgrounds, or purchase ice water from the 4-H Food Stand (or any other vendor). Water is a better choice than sugar sweetened beverages, since it has zero calories (a 20 ounce soda has about 240 calories).

While you are at the fair, I may meet you at the hand washing station(s). The fair animals are cute, but they can carry germs that can spread from animals to people. Always wash hands after touching the animals, the animal enclosure and exiting animal areas — even if you did not touch an animal. 

Always wash hands after using the restroom, after playing games or going on a ride, before eating and drinking and of course, changing diapers or removing soiled clothes or shoes. Always wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers or disposable wipes are acceptable alternatives if sinks or hand washing stations are not available.

Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County will be hosting the Guest Services RV southwest of Barn 4 to provide a cool place for nursing moms and a full size diaper changing table. A first aid kit will be available for all fair guests. The goal of this space is to help moms, dads and babies stay happy. 

Best wishes as you enjoy the Cowley County Fair. And remember, wash your hands!

Becky Reid is the family and consumer sciences agent for K-State Research and Extension, Cowley County. She can be reached at 221-5450 or (620) 441-4565.

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