The annual Westport Fair is in full swing (July 12-16). As we head into the weekend, it's going to get a lot more crowded. It's been hot lately and being shoulder-to-shoulder with a crowd of strangers is only going to raise the heat.

That said, the sweet sounds of the tractor pulls and screams from carnival rides can be heard around the SouthCoast and the smell of fair food and livestock has filled the air.

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If you're from Westport or the surrounding towns, chances are you've visited the fair at least once or twice in your lifetime. You've seen it all and know the ropes. Kudos to you. For anyone who might be new to the area or perhaps has simply never gone to the fair, then I've got just the guide for you.

I confidently consider myself a pro when it comes to the Westport Fair. I've attended, worked and reported on it for the majority of my life. If you ask me, it's nothing more than a giant class reunion of Westport alums, but for out-of-towners, it's an experience like no other.

Below are 15 tips that will help you survive your very visit to the Westport Fair. Plan accordingly and take my advice to heart. It just might save you some stress in the long run.

Most importantly, just have fun and take it all in. It's been a few years since we've gathered together. Cherish it and grab yourself an ice-cold Del's Lemonade on your way out.

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