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A helping handwash from Snohomish Health District

Portable sinks help you stay healthy at festivals & fairs

SNOHOMISH COUNTY---Huge blue-and-white umbrellas mark 14 handwashing stations at this year’s Evergreen State Fair, thanks to the folks at Snohomish Health District who want you to stay healthy. You will find the double-basin stations where they make the most sense: near the animal petting farm, next to dining areas, and by animal exhibits and food concessions.

“Washing your hands after contact with animals and before eating is a common sense sort of thing, but a very effective one for preventing disease,” said Rick Miklich, food program manager at the public health district.

Local public health deploys the portable handwashing stations to five of the county’s fairs and festivals every summer. They also invest nearly 300 staff hours to ensure food is prepared and served safely at those events.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about local public health at


NOTE TO EDITORS: We can fax you a map of the sinks’ locations at the Evergreen State Fair. Please call 425.339.8704 to request it.