State Fair aims to clear the livestock and dairy air with smoking sites

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The Great Minnesota Get-Together may be more accurately called the Land of 10,000 smells, but some folks wish that cigarette smoke wasn't one of them.

A new rule in place for the State Fair this year will limit smoking to 18 stations set up around the fairgrounds, instead of allowing a leisurely stroll down the Midway to get to flavor country.

The decision came after years of observing how other fairs and venues handle smoking, Brienna Schuette, Fair spokeswoman, tells the Pioneer Press.

(The St. Paul Paper also has a handy map of the designated smoking areas.)

Schuette tells Minnesota Public Radio that she has received many emails from folks asking that the Fair limit smoking, if not ban it outright.

"There's a lot of confusion that the State Fair has banned smoking altogether, and that's definitely not the case," she tells MPR.

She tells the St. Paul paper each site will have a bench or two, and the areas will be free-range: The Fair won't put smokers behind ropes, as some have suggested.

For the non-smokers, don't worry: Schuette says the whole thing will be very "discreet."

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