Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says people should remember to drink plenty of water and stay away from too many sugary drinks.
“Lemon shake ups are great but you want to make sure to be careful with those because they might dehydrate you a bit,” says Arnold.
“That’s the same as caffeine and alcoholic beverages, which tend to dehydrate people as well.”
Arnold also recommends that people wash up before indulging in their favorite foods.
“With a lot of the animals at the fair it’s great to go out and pet them, but before you eat make sure to wash your hands properly with soap and water or with hand sanitizer,” says Arnold.
Fair attenders should remember to wear sunscreen and clothes that will keep them cool. Also, bugs will be out so don’t be afraid to spray on a bit of insect repellent with DEET to keep them at bay.
The Illinois State Fair runs through August 17.