Health Department keeps people safe at Boone County Fair - – Rockford’s News Leader

Health Department keeps people safe at Boone County Fair

Boone County Health Department workers. Boone County Health Department workers.

Fun at the fair can end quickly if you come down with a case of food poisoning. But the Boone County Health Departments works all week to make sure that doesn't happen.

"What's your favorite thing to eat at the fair?" asks 13 News.

"Ice cream," say Lukas Wis, 4.

"Ummmm, corn," adds Gabrielle Johnson, 7.

"Strawberry Shortbread," says Richard Utt.

Young and old, everyone has a must-eat at the Boone County Fair.  But for the health department, before you take that first bite, its workers are behind the scenes making sure everything is safe to eat.

"We are here before the first day the fair and check on refrigeration units to make sure the food supplies hasn't been compromised," says Bill Hatfield, Boone County Health Department.

Once the fair opens, the health department workers spread out going from booth to stand to check things like cooking temperatures and sanitation procedures. They even test the water since it comes from a private well.

"The main thing we concentrate on is temperatures and its held at the proper temperature and does not allow any micro organisms to grown," says Hatfield.

He says the health department workers ea at the fair so you know it is safe.  The Boone County Fair runs all week until Sunday, August 12. It is $6 to get in and children under 10 are free. You can find more information at

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