Central Valley

Stanislaus County Fair gets ready for hot weather

Another round of triple- digit temperatures forecast for today won't hinder the set-up of carnival rides at the Stanislaus County fairground in Turlock.

The workers will be busy from 8 a.m. to noon, then take a break during the heat of the day and resume the work after dinner, said Pennie Rorex, communications director for the county fair.

Monday, the temperature hit 100 in downtown Modesto and 102 at the airport. The high temperature today in Modesto and Turlock is expected to be 103.

Health officials remind anyone working or playing during the peak of the summer heat to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing, and monitor how they feel. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical conditions.

Thanks to a weak low-pressure system moving across Central California, the highs are expected to drop into the 90s on Wednesday and Thursday and -- cross your fingers -- 94 for Friday's opening of the fair.

"The mid-90s is always a wonderful summer temperature," Rorex said.

There's no guarantee of pleasant weather throughout the fair's run through Aug. 9. The fairground is equipped to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

"Our grounds are equipped with a good amount of shade trees," Rorex said. "Most of our eating areas are covered and we have indoor seating areas especially for seniors."

The grounds and exhibit buildings open at 5 p.m. Friday and weekdays, and at noon Saturday and Sunday.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at kcarlson@modbee.com or 578-2321.