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Clean air to greet fairgoers at Tanana Valley State Fair

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published August 1, 2012

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that visitors at the Tanana Valley State Fair will be greeted with clean air this year. The fair will be smoke-free, save for three designated smoking areas.

It's a change that has been on the docket for years, Tanana Valley Fair Association General Manager Randi Carnahan told the News-Miner. "I listen to the community — I listen to what they say, I listen to their opinions on the fair and it's something that has come up several times over the years," he said.

Carnahan said that besides the issue of second-hand smoke, kids have gotten burned by people walking through the crowd while smoking. "There's nothing worse than seeing a kid at the fair who is crying on their way to the EMT trailer because they got burned by a cigarette," Carnahan told the News-Miner.

Fair officials are also working on complying with federal rules mandating access for disabled people. This year, vendors will have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which, Carnahan said, is not "as big a deal as you would think."

The fair will also improve handicapped space in the restrooms, and build ramps around all the stages. The fair opens on Friday, August 3. Now, fairgoers just have to hope it doesn't rain.

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