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Air show visitors avoid letting heat get the best of them

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There was a mix of clouds and sun all day today but a medic I talked with said we shouldn't let those clouds fool us out of wearing a hat, sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.

"We were prepared for a lot of people to come into the tent to get sunscreen. We have water outside, four big tanks of water which is getting filled throughout the day," First Class Petty Officer Gerald Axsom said.

Thousands of visitors took advantage of the tanks of water for free refills and misting stations to keep the skin cool.

"I really like the fact you can bring your own bottle this year and they have stations to fill them up so that was a really good help. There were vendors to get drinks from but it's very important," Andrea Swenson said.

Some families were out at the show the entire day, hoping for the best but planning for the worst.

"Dressed in white, no black, lots of humidity so we were prepared to cook," Matt Petty said.

To keep everyone, especially the little ones, from cooking there's a lot to do.

"You keep water in them, keep them drinking, run through the misters to keep 'em cool," Petty said.

It wasn't long before some people became victims of the heat - though others said it wasn't going to stop them from having fun.

"It's definitely a factor, but it's a once in a few years opportunity to see this show I think when people heard there were misting stations, it helped bring people out," Swenson said.

To keep people coming out, leave it to the professionals to remind you how to stay safe.

"Very important to drink water, Gatorade or mix the two. Wear sunscreen. If you have your own ear plugs, bring them out, umbrellas, anything to get out of the sun," Officer Gerald Axsom said.

If you're thinking about heading out tomorrow, misting stations will be set up along with four water stations to re-fill your bottles.

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