PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Board members for the Umatilla County, Ore., fair say they're considering a new smoking restriction policy that would be phased in over two years.
The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/YFakgC ) that the board is responding to a request from members of a 4-H club. The youngsters say they experienced cigarette smoke drifting into camping areas and animal barns during fair week in the summer.
Board members looked at a first draft of a policy on Monday. They hope to vote on a final draft next month.
Fair and Fairgrounds Manager Peggy Anderson says board members learned that a handful of other Oregon county fairs already ban smoking, while several others have designated smoking areas.
Anderson says that in 2014, the Umatilla fair likely will be smoke-free.
More than 80,000 people visit the summer fair in northeast Oregon.
Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info