117th Scioto County Fair opens

By Wayne Allen

August 6, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

With a sun-splashed sky, Monday marked the first official day of the 117th Scioto County Fair.

Monday included featured entertainment by the U.S. Freestyle Motorcross Championship Series. Other activities included a poultry show, an alpaca exhibition show, a flower show, Cloverbud Interviews, performances from the New Boston High School Band and East High School Band and the introduction of the fair queen and court.

Throughout the fairgrounds are informational booths occupied by different organizations. At the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) booth is information about their “Rethink Your Drink” campaign.

“At our booth this year we have lots of free giveaways but, more importantly we have lots of health information. Rethink your drink, is one of our campaigns. People do not realize all of the calories they consume when they are drinking various drinks,” said Elvis Walters, SOMC spokesman. “We give a neat presentation about how much sugar is in the drinks and foods we consume.”

According to Weather.com, the five-day forecast as of Monday afternoon said the temperatures for the week are expected to reach the upper 80s with isolated and scattered thunderstorms throughout the week.

Walters said as the temperatures rise it’s important for people to consume the right drinks to stay hydrated.

“Around every corner we have lots of options to eat and drink. We’re trying to educate people on what’s important to stay hydrated with vs. what’s not the best to stay hydrated with,” Walters said.

When asked how big of a factor heat plays in dehydration Walters said, “heat is a big factor, especially as we sweat, we walk around and are active, it’s important people stay hydrated with the appropriate drinks.”

He said the best drink to stay hydrated is water.

The Ohio Department of Health and Agriculture also offers from advice for the health of fairgoers.

Health tips include, “individuals should always wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal. Never eat, drink, or put anything in you mouth in animal areas. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to leave strollers outside the animal exhibits and carry small children. Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune system should consider avoiding animal areas.”

Tuesday at the Scioto County will feature The Lost Trailers at 8 p.m. as the main entreatment. Daily admission to the fair is $8 for 2 and older.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.