Find shade at Sioux fair recommended

Kinley Franken laughs while being sprayed with water by Gracyn Franken, Birkley Franken and Boden Franken while at the Sioux County Youth Fair on Friday morning.

SIOUX CENTER—Livestock Judging at the Sioux County Youth Fair has been cancelled due to the heat. The event was set for 4 p.m. today (Friday, July 19).

“The hottest week of the summer tends to be the week of the fair.”

As those words float around the Sioux County fairgrounds, they seem true especially today as the National Weather Service has put Sioux Center in an Excessive Heat Warning in effect until 10 p.m.

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Kahle Weber, member of Rolling River 4-H Club, cools down his prize-winning hog after the swine show Friday morning.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

The National Weather Service indicated that the heat index values will be in excess of 110 degrees at times with temperatures being in the mid-90s and dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s.

National Weather Service advices that dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.

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One-year-old Ben Hoogland enjoys a vanilla ice cream cone served up at the Sioux County Dairy Association booth while at the Sioux County Youth Fair on Friday morning.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency; call 911.

Also, drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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Staff writer Renee Wielenga had to try out beating the heat with a twist cone while taking pictures Friday morning at the Sioux County Youth Fair. (PS: It was delicious!)