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Safety Tips for Hanging Out at the Fair

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County fairs are a mainstay of communities across Nebraska – a time for families to spend time together, for friends to gather, and for healthy competitions for youth and adult. However, it is important to remember how to stay safe at the fair – an issue for spectators and competitors alike.

One of the first things that should be kept in mind when heading out to the fair is the animals. Whether a pet show, petting zoo, or livestock show, most of the animals at fair are in a strange place and around hoards of people they are not used to. Animals are easily spooked by unexpected loud or shrill noises and high speed moving objects.

Tips for keeping yourself and the animal safe include:

  • Approach animals quietly, no running, use soft voices.
  • Let an animal become familiar with you before trying to pet it.
  • Always respect barriers – fences, cages, gates. They are in place for your protection.

Carnival rides are another big reason people head out to the fair. Tips for staying safe at your fair's carnival include:

  • Respecting barriers around carnival rides and exhibits. They are there to protect patrons from large pieces of machinery, engines and tools.
  • Go with a friend or family member. Use the buddy system. Kids allowed to go on rides by themselves should check in with mom or dad on a regular basis.

Another tip for staying safe at the fair is important for avoiding germs and bacteria. Wash your hands after dealing with animals or riding carnival rides, as well as before eating.

With these tips in mind, your fair experience should be a fun one, not a stressful one.


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