How to keep cool at Western Montana Fair during heat wave

    How to keep cool at Western Montana Fair during heat wave

    The Western Montana Fair is filling up as temperatures continue to climb. NBC Montana talked to one woman whose granddaughter passed out from the heat Wednesday, and we're not even into triple-digit temperatures yet.

    The girl was near the Ferris wheel when her grandmother said she turned white and fell to the ground.

    “She totally went limp and was leaning up against me and went all the way to the ground,” Jan Hitchcock said.

    This isn’t the Hitchcock’s first rodeo when it comes to heat exhaustion.

    “(My grandson’s) done it before in past years here, so we're kind of pros at this,” Hitchcock added.

    It’s only going to get hotter. The heat is nothing new at the Western Montana Fair, but the last time we saw triple-digit temperatures in August was in 2012. We’re predicted to hit 102 degrees by Friday, just in time for the weekend fair activities.

    “I feel sorry for the people who come here when it's 100 degrees,” Hitchcock said.

    There are air-conditioned buildings at the fair. Organizers have also added more shade and misters than ever. You can find those in many corners of the fairgrounds. Take some time for yourself in the shade and be sure to stay hydrated.

    Missoula Water will provide free water starting Thursday.

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