State Fair Will Limit Smoking in Open Air Spaces

Updated: 01/23/2013 1:58 PM By: Jennie Olson

The Minnesota State Fair plans to limit open air smoking beginning this year.

The fair’s board of managers gave the green light to create designated outdoor smoking areas. The areas will be located throughout the fairgrounds will be easily accessible, according to fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette.

The locations and details have not yet been finalized, and it’s not clear if smoking will be allowed in outdoor vendor dining areas, Schuette says.
Smoking has already been prohibited in fair buildings and in entertainment seating areas, such as the grandstand. Schuette says the fair has talked about the change for a while as a way to create a family-friendly atmosphere while accommodating both smokers and non-smokers.