Helen Keller Festival will be hot, officials provide ways to stay cool

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuscumbia’s Spring Park is ready for the 37th annual Helen Keller Festival.

With temperatures in the 90’s, festival goers need to be ready too. Starting Friday, the park in downtown Tuscumbia will be filled with live music, arts, vendors and much more.

“Helen Keller is typically hot weather,” said Johnnie Dixon with Pop’s BBQ. “The people working with us have been here before, and they’re prepared.”

The hottest place is where vendors are whipping up festival favorites.

“We’re deep frying and doing Polish sausage and philly cheesesteaks, and we have large fans that we keep going on all of the people that are cooking to help them beat the heat,” said Dixon.

Organizers ask that you to drink plenty of water before you head out into the sun, and through the weekend.  City leaders have taken extra precautions, from cooling tents to fans throughout the event. However, they ask that you take steps to stay cool before you head to the park.

“Pre-hydrate,” stressed Tuscumbia Police chief Tony Logan. “Make sure you get plenty of fluids in you before you even get to the event, and during the event, during the day, make sure you stay hydrated.”

Helen Keller Hospital has a booth setup with medics, and the city also has paramedics from the  local fire department on standby in case of heat emergencies.

The Helen Keller Festival runs through the 28th. You can find a list of musicians and events here. Prices are also online.