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THIS MORNING: Ingham County Fair kicks off in Mason, attractions and germ reminders

MASON, MI (WLNS) - Funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, and four-legged friends...

It's that time of year again for the kick off of many county fairs in Michigan.

Today marks the start of the 164th Ingham County Fair.

The fun kicks off today in Mason at the Ingham County Fairgrounds.

Organizers say as a new attraction this year, visitors will have the chance to take a ride in a monster truck.

Throughout the week there will also be barrel racing, a demolition derby, and a variety of 4-H shows for guests to enjoy.

While fairs can be fun, health officials want you to remember when getting up close and personal with animals, they can sometimes carry germs that can make you sick.

Some tips to remember when petting animals include:

Wash Your Hands Often
•       Find out where hand washing stations are located.
•       Always wash your hands right after petting animals or touching the animal pens or fences.
•       Always wash your hands upon exiting animal areas (even if you did not touch an animal), after using the restroom, before eating and drinking, before preparing food or drinks, and after removing soiled clothes or shoes.
•       Use running water and soap for the best protection. Use hand sanitizers if running water and soap are not available. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as a sink is available.
 
Eat and Drink Safely
•       Keep food and drinks out of animal areas.
•       Do not share human food with animals.
•       Food should be prepared, served, and eaten only in areas where animals are not permitted.
•       Do not eat or drink raw (unpasteurized) products, including milk, cheeses, and cider or juices.
•       Individuals should wash their hands before preparing food or drinks and before eating and drinking.
 
Keep Children Safe around Animals
•       Children younger than 5 years of age always need adult supervision in animal areas.
•       Never allow children to put their thumbs, fingers, or objects (for example, pacifiers or sippy cups) in their mouth while interacting with animals.
•       Supervise hand washing.
•       Do not take or use strollers, bottles, pacifiers, spill-proof cups, or toys in animal areas or barns.
•       Children under 5 years of age, elderly persons, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should use extra precautions when around animal exhibits.

 

Rides start for the Ingham Co. Fair Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults.

Seniors 65+ and kids ages 3-12 are $5 at the gate.

For more information, watch as Veronica Gabriel interviews the fair's executive director in the video above.


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