Your Ultimate Survival Guide To The California State Fair

Tips for surviving a heat during your day at the fair

By Marilyn Nelson on July 13, 2023
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With temperatures expected well over 100 degrees at the California State Fair this weekend, it could get dangerously hot.

If you’re trying to navigate the fair during the hottest part of the day, here are some of the things you should remember.


Drink water. Most adults need to drink between nine and 13 cups of water throughout the day — about two full water bottles. With high temperatures and exercise, your body needs more water and electrolytes to stay healthy. Drinks like coffee and alcohol can actually increase your risk of dehydration.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Dress in lightweight and light colored clothes. Light colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes are the best for promoting the absorption of sweat. You stay cooler because more air passes over your body. Wearing a light colored hat will further limit sun exposure and keep you cooler.

Know the signs of dehydration. Fatigue, irritability, rapid pulse, and high thirst are indicators of dehydration. Most cases of dehydration are mild and can be relieved by drinking water. In extreme cases, you may need intravenous fluids from a health care provider.

Wear sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun not only cause sunburns, but increases your risk for skin cancer over time. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and regular reapplication are the best to keep your skin. Hats, pants and long-sleeved shirts can also limit your exposure to UV rays.

Stay in the shade. Sitting in shady areas when outdoors can ease the sun’s impact on your skin, slow dehydration and keep you cool.


Heat exhaustion: Symptoms include dry mouth, dizziness and excessive sweating. If heat exhaustion isn’t treated, it can progress to heatstroke.

Heatstroke: More severe than heat exhaustion, heatstroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly. The body’s sweating mechanism fails and the body loses the ability to regulate its own temperature. Symptoms include red, hot skin but no sweating and a rapid pulse. Seek medical attention immediately. 

There will be EMTs at the state fair ready to jump in and deal with any heat-related illnesses, but it’s important you are monitoring yourself and everyone in your group.

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