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  • County fair prepares for scorching heat

    Fair organizers, emergency crews will keep an eye on humans and animals
  • With the Jackson County Fair opening on what's predicted to be the hottest day of the year, fairgoers are advised to take a few extra precautions.
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    • If you go
      What: Jackson County Fair
      When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
      Where: Jackson County Expo,
      1 Peninger Road, Central Point
      Admission: $10 adults, $6...
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      If you go
      What: Jackson County Fair

      When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

      Where: Jackson County Expo,

      1 Peninger Road, Central Point

      Admission: $10 adults, $6 for seniors and free for children 12 and younger and seniors 75 and older

      For more on events: See Get Up & Go on Page 3A
  • With the Jackson County Fair opening on what's predicted to be the hottest day of the year, fairgoers are advised to take a few extra precautions.
    "Eat good, nutritious food and drink plenty of proper fluids such as water or an electrolyte replenisher," said Jackson County Fire District 3 firefighter Andy Cardinal. "Stay away from soda and alcohol, and take breaks from the sun."
    Cardinal was among several firefighters helping to set up the first-aid station at the fair Monday for today's opening. The fair runs through Sunday at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
    In addition to dispensers with fresh, cold water, the aid station has a misting tent and a cooling trailer.
    "The trailer is often needed for kids who are running around all day on rides and not stopping to drink enough water or even eat," said District 3 firefighter Jason Servatius.
    The firefighters manning the station will carry radios to call for help in case fairgoers suffer heat stroke or other medical emergencies.
    "We're always here to help out, so stop by, get a sticker and a cup of water," Cardinal said.
    Fair officials also have set up extra tents and misters around The Expo to prepare for the heat.
    Luck Mchugh, 11, and Bryce Belcastro, 13, who raise swine with 4-H, were already taking advantage of the misting tent.
    The soaring temperatures are not enough to keep them away from the fair, though they said they'll be making trips back to the misting tent throughout the week.
    "It feels a lot better in here," Bryce said.
    Over in the swine tent, pigs also stayed cool with the help of misters lining their pens. Tatyana Dalton, 7, an associate member of the pig raisers club, helped spray the pigs with cold water.
    "They like the water," Tatyana said. Like many working in the animal tents, Tatyana wore a towel soaked in cold water around her neck.
    Her mom, Krystina Dalton, said in addition to the misters and spray bottles, those caring for the animals are using block ice and fans to keep the animals from getting overheated.
    Despite the high temperatures, fair officials said events will happen as scheduled. Tuesday's events include the usual Mutton Bustin' and 4-H and FFA tours, as well as an evening performance from Wynonna & the Big Noise.
    Temperatures are expected to drop into the 90s later in the week.
    Reach Mail Tribune reporting intern Kelsey Thomas at 541-776-4368 or kthomas@mailtribune.com.
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