Bayou Country Superfest brings stars and of course warm temps: stay hydrated

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POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:25am

Temperatures are heating up just in time for the big Bayou Country Superfest Memorial Day weekend. Our local emergency responders want to remind the pubic how to stay safe out there in the heat, especially this weekend.

Everyone is gearing up for one of the biggest weekends in Baton Rouge, the Bayou Country Superfest. All of the seats in Tiger Stadium will be filled, every last one.

"That many people out there for that long amount of time in that amount of heat means we’re going to be facing the potential for higher for heat related illness," said Mike Chutz from the East Baton Rouge Parish EMS.

That's right; it is going to be a scorcher, just like in years past.

So Country Superfest vets like Eric Anderson say, don’t pass up that water or else you’ll pass out.

"It can get really hot so you have to pay attention to what your bodies doing. If you stop sweating you have to drink more water," noted Anderson.

And he knows, the more alcohol you drink, the faster you can get sick.

"Drink lots of water at home then you can come here and over indulge a little in your alcohol."

Even Tenesha Ellis knows first hand what its like to have heat exhaustion.

“It’s not a good feeling. you get cramped up and everything so I would say get the fluids you need," said Ellis.

She’s ready to let loose this weekend but this year she’s doing it the safe way.

"You can get really dehydrated drinking a lot of alcohol so you want to make sure you eat before you come out here and start having fun because it’s a good place to have fun."

So words from the wise are to pack your sunscreen, wear a hat and of course guzzle that water, no mater what.

EMS will be out at the event all three days. They will also have liquids and shaded areas available if you start feeling sick. It'll be about 15 degrees cooler in the shade.

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