Utility provides oasis at Clark County Fair

first_img Clark Public Utilities is helping Clark County fairgoers beat the heat by giving out thousands of cups of ice water.When temperatures rise, more people crowd the booth in the air-conditioned exhibition hall.“This fair looks to be very hot,” said Erica Erland, spokeswoman for Clark Public Utilities.The thermometer read 90 degrees around 4 p.m. Monday, when the ongoing tally for the number of cups given out at this year’s fair was 25,800.About 10,200 of those cups were given out Friday. Demand for free drinking water was so high the ice machine couldn’t keep up, and volunteers had to go retrieve more ice, Erland said. The water comes straight from the fair taps.“The one thing we can say is that people appreciate it,” said Dan Baxter, 45, a meter reader volunteering at the Clark Public Utilities booth.As people walk by the booth and grab a cup, many say “thank you” for the thirst-quenching water.On Saturday temperatures reached 103 degrees and the number of cups given out for that day was 8,000, but the heat also hurt fair attendance.John Morrison, the fair manager/CEO and biggest booster, said 17,000 to 18,000 people went to the fair Saturday, less than the 26,000 he expected.Baxter said some fairgoers just ask for ice since it lasts longer out in the midway heat. Others just ask for water to pour into their reusable water bottles.“Dinnertime, a lot of people like to grab water to wash down a burger,” said Nathan Wolfe, 31, who drafts maps for Clark Public Utilities’ water department. Click to enlarge.last_img read more