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How to Stay Cool at the Minnesota State Fair

Staying Cool at the State FairWhether you go for the food, the fun, the music or the people-watching, the Minnesota State Fair has something for everyone. There’s only one problem with the Minnesota State Fair: sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. In fact, last year, temperature reached up to 110 degrees during the Minnesota State Fair. In preparation for more high temperatures and humidity, we’ve done some research that will help you stay cool at the Minnesota State Fair.

  • Stay Hydrated Staying hydrated is the best way to stay safe at the Minnesota State Fair. Drinking lots of non-alcoholic fluids will help you prevent dehydration and heat stroke while allowing your body to stay cool with sweat.

You can buy bottled water at almost any concession stand at the Minnesota State Fair. You are also welcome to bring your own water bottle or drink out of the public water fountains that are located around the fairground. Water bottle refill stations are location in the coliseum and progress center.

While drinking water is important, going to the Minnesota State Fair is also a great time to try delicious new beverages. For instance, lemonade is a classic thirst-quencher, and we love the honey lemonade that’s sold near the honey display in the horticulture building. You can also try refreshing drinks like Horchata, a cinnamon-spiced rice drink, from El Sol; old-school sour lemon Spring Grove Soda or milk shakes from the dairy building.

  • Eat Cool Treats The best part about the Minnesota State Fair is arguably the food. Eating cold foods can help you reduce your body temperature and stay cool on hot days. Some frozen favorites at the Minnesota state fair include bacon ice cream from Rainbow Ice Cream, sweet corn ice cream from Blue Mood Diner and mocha on a stick from the Minnesota Farmer’s Union Coffee Shop. What’s your favorite frozen treat at the Minnesota State Fair?
  • Get Wet Keeping your skin wet is a natural way to reduce your body temperature and resist overheating. A great way to get wet at the Minnesota State Fair is to visit the midway and enjoy the water rides like the River Raft Ride. The Minnesota State Fair has also installed misting stations around the fairgrounds that are designed to keep visitors cool in soaring temperatures. These stations are located near both medical aid tents (see last bullet below) and other misting stations may be installed if the temperatures are anticipated to be high.
  • Find a Fan Some buildings at the Minnesota State Fair are equipped with large fans that can provide a respite from the heat. Most of the livestock buildings, including the Miracle of Birth Center, are equipped with fans to keep the resident animals cool. There are also fans outside of the butter head cases to help prevent condensation on the glass.
  • Cooling Accessories Dress for the weather before you head out to the Minnesota State Fair! Short sleeves, dresses, skirts and shorts can help keep you cool, as can hats or handkerchiefs doused in cold water and worn on the head. Many fairgoers also bring or purchase personal fans and spray bottles to keep themselves cool.
  • Visit an Air Conditioned Building Air conditioning can be extremely difficult to find at the Minnesota State Fair. None of the public buildings have air conditioning, but there’s a rumor that the Blue Flame Lodge across from the Giant Slide has air conditioning and cold water. If it’s hot enough at the fair this year, you bet that we’ll seek it out!
  • Medical Aid If you start experiencing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, rapid breathing and confused thinking, you may be experiencing heat stroke. Have someone help you over to the medical aid tents, which are air conditioned and staffed with medical professionals who can help you. If you are on the west side of the fairgrounds, visit the medical aid tents across from the West End Market on West Dan Patch Ave. If you are closer to the east side of the fairgrounds, head to the medical aid tents outside the northwest corner of the 4-H building on Cosgrove.

As the temperatures rise, you may need to get creative to stay cool at the fair. Everyone has their favorite cool treats and tricks for staying comfortable. What’s yours?

For more tips for staying cool during the hot Minneapolis summers, like the Ray N. Welter Heating Company on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

 

 

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How to Stay Cool at the Minnesota State Fair

Staying Cool at the State FairWhether you go for the food, the fun, the music or the people-watching, the Minnesota State Fair has something for everyone. There’s only one problem with the Minnesota State Fair: sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. In fact, last year, temperature reached up to 110 degrees during the Minnesota State Fair. In preparation for more high temperatures and humidity, we’ve done some research that will help you stay cool at the Minnesota State Fair.

  • Stay Hydrated Staying hydrated is the best way to stay safe at the Minnesota State Fair. Drinking lots of non-alcoholic fluids will help you prevent dehydration and heat stroke while allowing your body to stay cool with sweat.

You can buy bottled water at almost any concession stand at the Minnesota State Fair. You are also welcome to bring your own water bottle or drink out of the public water fountains that are located around the fairground. Water bottle refill stations are location in the coliseum and progress center.

While drinking water is important, going to the Minnesota State Fair is also a great time to try delicious new beverages. For instance, lemonade is a classic thirst-quencher, and we love the honey lemonade that’s sold near the honey display in the horticulture building. You can also try refreshing drinks like Horchata, a cinnamon-spiced rice drink, from El Sol; old-school sour lemon Spring Grove Soda or milk shakes from the dairy building.

  • Eat Cool Treats The best part about the Minnesota State Fair is arguably the food. Eating cold foods can help you reduce your body temperature and stay cool on hot days. Some frozen favorites at the Minnesota state fair include bacon ice cream from Rainbow Ice Cream, sweet corn ice cream from Blue Mood Diner and mocha on a stick from the Minnesota Farmer’s Union Coffee Shop. What’s your favorite frozen treat at the Minnesota State Fair?
  • Get Wet Keeping your skin wet is a natural way to reduce your body temperature and resist overheating. A great way to get wet at the Minnesota State Fair is to visit the midway and enjoy the water rides like the River Raft Ride. The Minnesota State Fair has also installed misting stations around the fairgrounds that are designed to keep visitors cool in soaring temperatures. These stations are located near both medical aid tents (see last bullet below) and other misting stations may be installed if the temperatures are anticipated to be high.
  • Find a Fan Some buildings at the Minnesota State Fair are equipped with large fans that can provide a respite from the heat. Most of the livestock buildings, including the Miracle of Birth Center, are equipped with fans to keep the resident animals cool. There are also fans outside of the butter head cases to help prevent condensation on the glass.
  • Cooling Accessories Dress for the weather before you head out to the Minnesota State Fair! Short sleeves, dresses, skirts and shorts can help keep you cool, as can hats or handkerchiefs doused in cold water and worn on the head. Many fairgoers also bring or purchase personal fans and spray bottles to keep themselves cool.
  • Visit an Air Conditioned Building Air conditioning can be extremely difficult to find at the Minnesota State Fair. None of the public buildings have air conditioning, but there’s a rumor that the Blue Flame Lodge across from the Giant Slide has air conditioning and cold water. If it’s hot enough at the fair this year, you bet that we’ll seek it out!
  • Medical Aid If you start experiencing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, rapid breathing and confused thinking, you may be experiencing heat stroke. Have someone help you over to the medical aid tents, which are air conditioned and staffed with medical professionals who can help you. If you are on the west side of the fairgrounds, visit the medical aid tents across from the West End Market on West Dan Patch Ave. If you are closer to the east side of the fairgrounds, head to the medical aid tents outside the northwest corner of the 4-H building on Cosgrove.

As the temperatures rise, you may need to get creative to stay cool at the fair. Everyone has their favorite cool treats and tricks for staying comfortable. What’s yours?

For more tips for staying cool during the hot Minneapolis summers, like the Ray N. Welter Heating Company on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

 

 

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