Heat causing issues for people at the Jones County Fair

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:09 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Heat indices will likely cross into the triple digits for parts of this weekend, and perhaps again next week.

The heat has workers with the Jones County Fair on notice. They are expecting more than 16,000 people to attend Friday night’s Zac Brown Band concert. Organizers hope they don’t have the same issues that happened the night before.

“It was warm last night,” Lucas Gobeli, concessions manager at the fair, said. “We had a few people that the heat was getting to. We had paramedics and ambulance here, they were able to address those issues as they came up and were able to help the people.”

They want people to dress appropriately for the warm weather and stay hydrated. Gobeli said that the fair has plenty of places to buy water and to take advantage of air-conditioned buildings. Another key to staying safe is to limit alcohol consumption.

“You wanna make sure you do it in moderation,” Gobeli said. “Keep drinking the water and other things besides the alcohol in case you’re going to drink it.”

Gobeli said they trust their plans to keep people safe.

“Heat seems to be an issue every year,” Gobeli said. “We have a plan in place with law enforcement, the ambulance, our own security staff on what to do when there are these emergencies. We have a good plan in place and they all know their role to take care of it.”

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