Monthly Archives: August 2015

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6 Reasons Why You Should Drop Everything and Head to the State Fair

Grab your hat, throw on your cowboy boots and get ready for some funnel cake, because it’s State Fair time, folks! Today kicks off the 11 day event, which will be choc full of concerts, rodeos, rollercoasters, and more deep fried food than you could shake a stick at.

Just in case you needed any convincing as to why you should spend at least one day, if not all 11, at the Colorado State Fair, here are six great reasons why it’s totally worth it.

 

 #1: FUNNEL CAKE. It’s one of the only times of the year that you can unashamedly devour pounds of deep fried delicacies without anyone even glancing at you sideways because, as everyone knows, the fair is a judge-free zone.

 

 

 

 #2: THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO DO. The options are pretty much endless. The awesome thing about events like the state fair is that there’s literally something for everybody. Love country music? Head to the concerts. Have a fondness for animals? Check out the petting are. Appreciate art or home crafted goods? There are galleries and shops aplenty. Want a thrill? Head to the rides. Just here for the food? That’s ok too.

 

 #3: IT’S LIKE AN AMUSEMENT PARK WITHOUT BLISTERING HEAT AND 3 HOUR LINES. If we’re being honest, 50% of people probably go to the state fair for the food, and the other 50% go for the rides. Going to the state fair is like going to an amusement park where the rides are cheaper, the lines are shorter, you don’t have to go during the heat of the day, and there are other things to amuse the parents and siblings that are prone to motion sickness and can’t ride the rides.

 

 #4: YOU GET TO SEE GUYS LIKE THIS AND COWS LIKE THAT. Bull? Cow? Whatever it is, we like it, and we’re pretty sure you will too.

 

 

 

 

 #5: MEGA PASS. For just $90 this year, you can get a mega pass that gives you free gate admission and an all-you-can-ride carnival pass that’s food for all 11 days of the fair. It’s a pretty great value, considering that an unlimited ride band for just one day will still cost you $30.

 

 

 #6: IT’S BOUND TO BE A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE. Regardless of how hot it might be, how much the animals might smell, how many annoying people you may run into, or the rain that will undoubtedly only happen on the one day you decide to attend the fair, somehow by the end of the night you’ll still be glad that you went. There’s just something magical about the lights, the people, and that last “hurrah” for summer that keeps people coming back year after year, and this year is sure to be no exception.

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Second Case of the Plague Hits California

School hasn’t started just yet. If your vacation plans this year included or will include a trip to sunny California, there’s something happening right now that you might want to keep your eye on (besides the raging wildfires sweeping through the state, that is).  California health officials are currently in the middle of investigating Yosemite National Park after visitors from two separate trips to the area this summer contracted the plague.

The first victim was a child from LA who was hospitalized in mid-July after visiting the park. The child is currently on the mend, but just a few short weeks later a second visitor to the park was hospitalized with similar symptoms. Since then, two campgrounds have been closed in Yosemite, and state authorities are warning all visitors about possible plague risks.

There are very few cases of the plague every year, with the average for the U.S. in previous decades sitting somewhere around 7 cases each year. Already this year in addition to the California cases, however, two people in Colorado have died from the plague.

The disease, which is spread primarily by squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents, is more prominent in the southwestern U.S. and can only be contracted through close contact with an infected animal or if they are bitten by a flea from an infected animal. Except under extreme circumstances, the plague cannot be transmitted from human to human.

The two cases of the plague from California aren’t huge cause to worry, and the CDC is confident that the plague remains a minimal threat to humans, but the infections have been serious enough to cause several tourists to think twice before adding Yosemite to their list of must-visits this year.

If you’re planning a trip out west, specifically one that includes Yosemite, remember to stay on guard, be wary of woodland rodents, and seek medical treatment if you start to suffer from any plague-related symptoms. Chances are you’ll be fine, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!