Survival Tips for the 2019 LA County Fair

The Los Angeles County Fair has always been an important part of summer life in the Los Angeles County. Families load up their cars, turn up the air conditioning, and head down to the LA County Fair for an entire day of wholesome fun. The LA Fair is definitely a high-energy place and there is plenty to do—tons of rides to ride, shows to see, and foods to try.

Before you load up the minivan with the entire family, there are some important tips that you should know that will help you survive the starting weeks of the LA Fair:

1. Don't Forget the Sunscreen

This year’s summer season has been a hot one. The weather is ideal for the fair, but not so much for your skin; it’s prime sunburn time. Apply sunscreen regularly and generously. The higher the SPF, the more sun rays are blocked and the longer you can stay out in the sun.

Remember that not all sunscreens are created equal. Be sure to use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. Check to see if your sunscreen contains zinc oxide or titanium oxide. These ingredients help protect against the full spectrum of UVA rays.

Apply sunscreen every 2 hours or sooner if you tend to heavily sweat. The days are hot and humid so keep your sunscreen handy! To learn more about sunscreen and SPF, we put together this helpful article.

2. Take it Easy on the Deep-Fried Foods!

Part of the experience of going to the LA Fair is trying the variety of deep-fried foods. Every year the LA Fair proves that just about any food item can be deep-fried. From fried Oreos to fried chicken sandwiched between a Krispy Kreme donut, the sky is the limit when it comes to deep-fried creations. As fun as it may be to sample every deep-fried concoction at the fair, consider how muchyou eat. The key is portion control.

There are plenty of non-fried foods if you’re looking for a healthier alternative. Some of the non-fried food options include roasted corn on the cob, grilled chicken, steak tacos, chicken fajitas, fresh ceviche, fruit salads, and more.

If none of that sounds appetizing, you can bring your own food. Just be sure whatever you bring comes factory sealed. Remember that LA Fair patrons are not permitted to bring their own cans, bottles and hard coolers.

3. Have a Game Plan for the Children!

The fair is full of activities and events. That means there are plenty of places where children can get lost. The best thing is to stay together at all times.

Regardless of how well you plan to stick together, it is important to be prepared for anything. Have small children wear identifiable clothing, something you can spot from a distance. If your child gets lost, the Safety and Security Department can help. For older children that want to explore on their own, have a plan to meet somewhere at a certain time. If your child gets separated, have a plan to meet by the front entrance or somewhere recognizable. If your child has a phone, tell them to keep their phone handy should you need to get a hold of them.

4. Be Smart About the Rides!

Rides at the fair can be fun, but they’re not as fun after eating some deep-fried Twinkies or a giant turkey leg. It’s always a good idea to avoid rides after a big meal. Some rides are too intense for fair-goers regardless of how much they eat. Be sure to evaluate each ride before you decide to go on. Getting sick on the Ferris wheel or wave swinger is a sure way to ruin the rest of the day.

That’s it, folks! Have an enjoyable trip to the LA Fair with your family.

For any minor injuries, you can always visit our Orange County Urgent Care facilities at Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa.

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Peter Kim, MD

Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle. Review Dr. Kim on: Facebook Google+ Yelp WebMD

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