#1 Country Stampede tip: Stay hydrated

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Authorities will be out at Heartland Park in full force for the Kicker Country Stampede. Not only keeping you safe, but also keeping you healthy.

Public service agencies like the Topeka Police Department and Fire Department started sending out tips via social media starting Thursday, with some sage advice well before the festival.

The top tip: “You need to make sure you’re drinking enough water,” said Topeka Fire Marshall Mike Martin

The three-day festival is usually filled with fun, food and great music. It also comes with sunny, hot and humid conditions.

“Bring some sun screen. Maybe a hat. You need to hydrate before you go out to the festival. Make sure that you’re taking on a lot of water. Those caffeinated products and alcoholic products will actually dehydrate you,” Martin warned.

So the rule of thumb is, one drink, one water.

“If you start feeling light headed, confused, you start getting sick to your stomach, those are the times that you need to get out of the heat. Rehydrate and make sure you’re okay,” Martin described the symptoms.

Topeka Fire, AMR, Emergency Management will all have staff and equipment on the grounds to help anyone.

“We work through the counselor’s office to develop a mutual aid contract, or a mutual aid agreement for all the agencies that are coming to assist at the stampede location. All the public safety,” said Dusty Nichols, Director of Shawnee County Emergency Management.

Fire crews will also be on scene inspecting camp grounds. Fires are permitted, but they cannot be too big. Martin says you also need to have a water source nearby if you plan on having a camp fire.

If you don’t have tickets yet, they are still on sale at countrystampede.com.