Safety First at the Fair

The State Fair offers plenty of handwashing stations outdoors and inside buildings to encourage fairgoers to wash their hands often.
The State Fair offers plenty of handwashing stations outdoors and inside buildings to encourage fairgoers to wash their hands often.

As this year’s fair approaches, it is important to remember safety tips that will keep you and your family safe this year as you experience all the fun the fair has to offer.  

Here are 10 safety tips that will help you have the best time possible at this year’s fair: 

  1. Wear comfortable, closed-toes shoes — You’ll be doing lots and lots of walking at the fairgrounds, so do your feet a favor and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. 
  2. Wash your hands A LOT — It’s always been advisable to wash your hands frequently while at the fair, but this year it is more important than ever. Maybe wash your hands whenever you are near a hand washing station, and definitely wash your hands after coming into contact with animals/livestock. Keep hand sanitizer with you also for when you’re not near a hand-washing station.  
  3. Parents, know what your child is wearing — In case you get separated from your child or something happens, having a photo will be helpful so others will know exactly what they look like and what they are wearing.  
  4. Similarly, establish a designated meeting place with your family or friends — When you are attending the fair with a group of people, it is important to decide on a designated meeting place you are attending the fair with, decide on a designated meeting place in case someone gets separated from the group. The really big ostrich. Well, the really big inflatable ostrich over the Chick-N-Que vendor that serves ostrich burgers. That was my family’s meeting spot when I was kid.  
  5. Be sure to follow all ride restrictions — There’s a reason you have to be a certain height to ride some of the rides at the fair. Make sure you measure up to ride safely.
  6. Secure all loose items while on rides — Make sure that anything in your pockets or on your body will not fall off before getting on the ride. Additionally, be sure to have your hair pulled back so your hair is not caught in anything.  
  7. Remember where you parked your car — To safely get back to your vehicle after your day at the fair, remember where you parked your car. Taking a picture of the parking lot or parking space is helpful in case you can’t remember!  
  8. Know where the lost and found is — Lost and found items can be turned in or claimed at the Public Address booth in the lobby of the Exposition Center.  
  9. Stay hydrated and be mindful of what you eat — Enjoy all the wonderful food and drink that the fair offers, but be mindful and do so in moderation so you can enjoy your time as much as possible!  
  10.  Know what you can and cannot bring into the fair and be sure it is in a clear bag — This year the State Fair has adopted a clear bag policy as most major entertainment venues use. You may bring your own food and drink into the fair as long as it is stored in small bags. You may not bring weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs or other prohibited items. All baggage is subject to searches at the gates. 

About Christa Dutton

Hey y'all! My name is Christa Dutton, aka Blue Ribbon. I'm a sophomore at Wake Forest University majoring in Communication with minors in Entrepreneurship and Journalism. Go deacs! I was born and raised in NC, and the State Fair is a beloved tradition of mine. I don't think I've ever missed a year of the fair. So you can imagine how excited I am to spend my summer working as a public relations intern for the State Fair! I can't wait to see you all at the fairgrounds this fall, but in the meantime, follow along with me here on Deep Fried!

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