If you're headed to Mason to catch some live jousting at the Ingham County Fair next week, or taking in any midway action or events, there's a new way to stay alert for emergencies, special events, and weather events.

WILX.com reports that fair-goers can request text messages through the Capital Area Ingham County alert system. A simple text of "ICFAIR" to 888777 will subscribe you for the fair-oriented alert system.

Keep in mind, this is a different subscription message than that of the normal emergency alert system. Those already subscribed to the county messaging system for traffic and weather emergencies should subscribe with the "ICFAIR" message.