Beat the heat: officials offer ways to stay cool at the Delaware State Fair
HARRINGTON, Del. – For Delaware State Fair officials, the heat that comes with the jam-packed 10-day event is nothing new. But for those looking to spend some time experiencing everything the fair has to offer, the high temps can be a bit overwhelming.
“We’ve grown accustomed to being challenged with heat. We encourage folks just to kind of pace themselves. If they want to wait till later in the evening when it gets cooler, that’s usually when the larger crowds come out,” said Assitant General Manager, Danny Aguilar.
Fair officials say the best thing you can do is drink plenty of water throughout the day. They also encourage fairgoers to visit several of the air-conditioned buildings they have throughout the area.
“It definitely helps. It’s nice and cold, and it gives you a little break from all the heat because it is pretty hot,” said fairgoer, Miesha Feddiman.
“Our first responders are on standby if folks start to feel uncomfortable. We have a nursing station here on site. It’s air-conditioned so they’ll definitely have an opportunity to sit down put a wet cloth on the back of their neck and give them a little comfort and break from the conditions,” said Aguilar.
Fairgoers tell 47 ABC, what makes it even harder to stay comfortable in the heat this year is the new face mask requirement they must follow.
“We do see some people that don’t have them on, which is to each it’s own, but I feel like as a healthcare professional we need to protect you, myself, everybody,” said Feddiman.
And if you want that entertainment aspect without melting outside in the fair? Well, you’re in luck.
“We have culinary demonstrations and demos, we have great activities for photography, so it’s a great opportunity to cool off check out some great art exhibits and just kind of take in the whole fair,” said Aguilar.
Aguilar adds that if you’d like to beat the heat and come earlier in the day, tickets are free for the fair if you come between 8 and 11 AM. From 11 to 4 they are half price. If you’d like to wait until the sun goes down and visit the fair at night, tickets will be regular price starting at 4 PM until close.