Boone County Fair prepares for a week of heat

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, July 18 2017 Jul 18, 2017 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:58:00 PM CDT July 18, 2017 in News
By: Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

STURGEON – Despite the high temperatures, members of the Boone County Fair Board and volunteers prepared for the annual Boone County Fair on Tuesday.

The fair began in 1835 and is the first county fair held west of the Mississippi and first in the Louisiana Territory.

In previous years, the fair was held in Columbia but was moved to Sturgeon last year.

The heat is not unfamiliar to fair-goers, but fair board President Jeff Cook said preparing for the heat is no easy task.

“Well it’s hard to prepare for the heat,” he said. “You think you try to but, you know, it’s just hot and you just do the best you can.”

Cook said the carnival does prepare the rides when it gets too hot.

“When we open in the evening,” he said. “If the rides are too hot for the kids to hang on to or sit in the rides, they’ll cancel the opening that evening until a later time.”

Cook said Boone County Fire Protection District and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department would be there at the event to help those who attend.

Boone County Fire will have an incident commander every night the fair is operational. They will also have a command vehicle to house people that need a place to cool off and for radio communications.

Gale Blomenkamp, the assistant chief at the Boone County Fire Protection District, said many people that attend these kinds of events underestimate the heat.

“Where we see issues are the old and the very young,” he said. “When they’re out in this heat and they’re not used to it and they’re not expecting it to be as hot as it is.”

Blomenkamp said those attending should prepare and hydrate. He also said clothing attire will help in the heat.

“Some other things you can do is wear light clothing,” he said. “Light-colored clothing will reflect the sunlight so that can help you get cooler.”

Fair gates open on at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and closes at around 10 p.m. The fair will also open on Saturday at noon. Tickets are $10 at the gate Tuesday through Thursday (children six and under are free) and are $15 on Friday and Saturday.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is projecting a nearly 8% increase from 2018 to 2019 in scams pertaining to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:36:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Back-to-back administrative changes have shaken things up at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School. Just yesterday, principal Gwenn Roche... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Almost a year later and no arrests have been made since Melissa Peskey was found dead in... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:01:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Three people were arrested on Wednesday and taken to the Miller County Jail on drug charges. ... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorneys involved in a lawsuit against the University of Missouri over an open records request are seeking $345,000... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:17:13 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A second man is in custody in connection with a shooting at a Kansas bar that... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:56:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents are now able to see exactly how much Missouri schools are spending on their children, as part... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
UNITED STATES - U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:58:32 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Paris Road ramp onto southbound U.S. 63 will be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m.... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:42:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MOKANE - Christopher Sanford will now be able to move around more easily, after teachers at South Callaway School District... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:00:00 AM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Court documents in the case of a man involved in a shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:33:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Firefighters, police, bikers, and more came out to help the Food Bank raise funds to help those fighting... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:14:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new bill pre-filed by State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia could give law enforcement a leg up... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:49:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
VANDALIA, Mo. - The Aspire Mo program graduated 10 new students at The Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:17:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of dollars were missing after an audit of Glasgow, Mo., released last year. Kevin... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:16:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
FLORISSANT, Mo. — Alex Sims is just like any other kid around Christmas. He's hoping for some cards and maybe... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:57:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission decided on Wednesday that it could not endorse the ban of all flavored... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a news conference with other officials Wednesday... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:11:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 31°
1pm 35°
2pm 36°
3pm 37°
4pm 35°