It’s that time of year again – Minnesotans are scoping out the new foods and making their list of must-see attractions at the Minnesota State Fair. According to the Minnesota State Fair, over 1.7 million people attended “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” in 2013. With any crowded place, the chances of getting sick are increased.
Check out these tips for staying healthy this year at the Minnesota State Fair!
1. Seek Assistance When Needed
With a state fair the size of Minnesota’s, there will almost always be instances where guests need assistance from a healthcare professional. Luckily, the Minnesota State Fair has Medical Aid and Public Safety stations where guests can seek assistance for minor ailments. It is a good idea to locate these stations on a map before starting your day to ensure you know where to go if you need help.
If you are feeling ill or have suffered a minor injury, visit the medical staff right away.
2. Wash Hands and Use Sanitizer
It’s no surprise that washing your hands is an important way to stay healthy while out and about at the Minnesota State Fair. With the combination of crowds of people, animals and food and drink, the opportunity to become exposed to bacteria and potentially get sick is heightened.
One of the best parts about the Minnesota State Fair is the wide array of food options and for many guests that means several stops at food booths. Do your best to wash your hands before and after eating anything. Also, utilize the hand wash stations located at the buildings that house animals.
It is a good idea to bring hand sanitizer with to the fair to use as a backup.
3. Stay Hydrated and Don’t Overheat
As one of the largest state fairs in the U.S., you can expect that you will need to walk around quite a bit to check out all that the Minnesota State Fair offers. The extensive walking paired with the heat and humidity of Minnesota summers make it important to stay hydrated and take breaks.
Scope out shaded areas or buildings that have fans or air conditioning to take breaks. Check the weather prior to attending the Minnesota State Fair; it might be better to attend in the evening to avoid high temperatures.
4. Be Aware of Motion Sickness
What is a state fair without rides? Though the thrill rides at the Minnesota State Fair are exhilarating, if you are someone who suffers from motion sickness, consider enjoying some of the mild rides or get your thrills by visiting the haunted house.
With the hundreds of activities and attractions, there is sure to be alternatives to those who are prone to motion sickness. There is nothing worse than feeling sick and missing out on the rest of your time at the fair.
5. Don’t Overdo It
There is no lack of things to do at the Minnesota State Fair, but be aware of your body and how you are feeling. You don’t want to run yourself down to the point of becoming ill. Minnesotans are lucky to have a fair that lasts for 12 days and if you are unable to fit everything you want to do in one visit, consider making another trip.
Be safe and have fun at “The Great Minnesota Get Together!”