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Amid sweltering heat, Ann Arbor Art Fair opens


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 54th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair kicks off Wednesday.

With the region under a heat advisory, protecting visitors from the heat is a priority for fair organizers.

The city of Ann Arbor has set up four "H2O" stations at key points around the fair site.  They flushed fire hydrants and set them up as water fountains.  An attached spigot allows people to fill up their own water bottles for free.


Kalahari Resorts is hosting a cooling misting station for fairgoers and staff to quickly cool off. Bicycle-based portable ambulances will also be available to help visitors who get too hot.

If you are going to the art fair, remember these heat safety tips:

Dress for the heat:

  •   Wear loose fitting clothing
  •   Avoid dark colors
  •   Wear hat

Stay hydrated:

  •   Always have water/juice with you
  •   Drink even when not thirsty
  •   Avoid caffeine & Alcohol

 Signs of Heat Stroke/Exhaustion:

  •   Stopped sweating  
  •   Red, dry skin
  •  Shallow breathing, weak pulse 


From Wednesday, July17 through Saturday, July 20 the streets of Ann Arbor will welcome more than a half million visitors as they enjoy original works of art, street and music performances, artist demonstrations, sidewalk sales and culinary treats.

"Each year, it's amazing to see the streets of Ann Arbor transformed into what is essentially a playground for art lovers," said Karen Delhey, a spokeswoman for the Ann Arbor Art Fair. "This year's fair offers a unique mix of some of the best art from around the world, with many favorite returning artists, as well as a number of artists who will make their debut."

The Ann Arbor Art Fair covers 27 city blocks, consists of four separate art fairs:

  • Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original
  • Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
  • State Street Area Art Fair
  • Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair

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