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How to beat the heat at the CityFair, Starlight Parade

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Misting stations will be available at the CityFair this weekend. (KPTV) Misting stations will be available at the CityFair this weekend. (KPTV)
Delicious Deb’s Shave Ice stand at the CityFair (KPTV) Delicious Deb’s Shave Ice stand at the CityFair (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It’s heating up just in time for several Rose Festival activities.

Friday temperatures soared into the upper 80s, and it’s expected to be even hotter Saturday for the Starlight Parade.

This year, the Rose Festival is taking every precaution to make sure everyone can stay comfortable, even as we flirt with triple digit temps.

“Even last summer I know there were a few really hot days but it was manageable. But this is strange, it’s very hot,” said fairgoer, Jackey Walker.

Misting stations will likely be the hot spot, so to speak, at CityFair this weekend, 

Along with the misters, you’ll also find water stations where parade goers can fill up bottles at both CityFair, and at 9th and Stark for the Starlight Parade Saturday.

Starlight runners can also hydrate at water stations the beginning and end of their race route.

“It’s not too bad, just stay hydrated,” said Daniel, a cook at Golden Grill Concessions.

Daniel understands the importance of keeping the H20 on hand. For the next few days, he’ll get up close and personal with the deep fryer, making a fair favorite - elephant ears.

But if hot, fried dough isn’t your thing, a cool treat might be the just the ticket - and Delicious Deb’s Shave Ice stand is banking on it.

“I think this is going to be the place to be,” said Debbie Ashard, who brings her shave ice food cart to CityFair each year.

Also because of the rising temps, the Rose Festival is making a special exception for marching bands in the Starlight Parade. They won’t have to wear hats or headgear, so they can stay cooler. Normally, bands are partly judged on their uniforms.

This year, along with “Excessive Celebration,” the theme will be to stay comfortable in the excessive heat.

EMS will be on scene at CityFair, and they tell Fox 12 that when it gets hot, they tend to treat more issues related to sunburns than actual heat stroke.

Also, experts say a good rule of thumb is to drink a full bottle of water every hour, especially if you’re out in the direct sun or drinking alcohol.

For more information on CityFair or the Rose Festival, click here: www.rosefestival.org/waterfront/city-fair

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