Umatilla County Fair plans to restrict smoking

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 3:02 PM

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.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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