Clark Public Utilities is helping Clark County fairgoers beat the heat by giving out thousands of cups of ice water.
When temperatures rise, more people crowd the booth in the air-conditioned exhibition hall.
“This fair looks to be very hot,” said Erica Erland, spokeswoman for Clark Public Utilities.
The thermometer read 90 degrees around 4 p.m. Monday, when the ongoing tally for the number of cups given out at this year’s fair was 25,800.
About 10,200 of those cups were given out Friday. Demand for free drinking water was so high the ice machine couldn’t keep up, and volunteers had to go retrieve more ice, Erland said. The water comes straight from the fair taps.
“The one thing we can say is that people appreciate it,” said Dan Baxter, 45, a meter reader volunteering at the Clark Public Utilities booth.