Outdoor event organizers plan around the heat

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - One of the best ways to beat the heat? Stay in the shade.

That's what organizers told people to do this year at The Community Progressive at Julia Davis Park.

The Community Progressive is an all day event with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and booths that showcase local nonprofits.

Head organizer Adrienne Evans said this year's event fell on a much hotter day than in the past two years, so she had to come up with a plan to keep everyone safe in the heat.

People were encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible.

"All of our booths are primarily in the shade," Evans said, "The great thing about Julia Davis is that it's actually a good way to escape the heat because we've got so many incredible shade trees throughout the whole park."

But even with a lot of shade, people can still get overheated. So booths offered free water stations, and volunteers were prepped on signs of heat exhaustion. They were told to keep an eye out for anyone who seemed to be affected by the heat, and were given directions on how to get medical help in case someone had a heatstroke.

Not all events this summer will have workers looking out for people with heat exhaustion. That's why it's important to remember to wear light colored, loose fitting clothes and stay hydrated. Choosing to drink water over sugary drinks and alcohol will help prevent dehydration.