Fairgoers can enjoy festivities, but NO pets allowed

   Concerts, carnival rides, fair food, and pets – only the first three are allowed at the Fallon County Fairgrounds.

By Lori Kesinger

   During the Fair, the only animals allowed on the grounds are trained service dogs, animals on exhibit or those used during competition or events, such as in the Pet Parade Friday evening. There are no accommodations for pets at the fairgrounds.

   In years past, fair officials dealt with several pet incidents, specifically dog waste left in high traffic areas on the grounds. Any animal waste can pose a health risk to fairgoers. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make people, especially children, sick. Besides, no one wants to step in it either.

   If the weather is hot, pet owners also should not leave their animals in a vehicle while they attend the fair. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. For example, on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Pets may suffer irreversible organ damage or die if they become overheated.

   The best thing pet owners can do during the fair is leave their pets at home or make other arrangements for their care.