Got a light?
If the answer is “yes” during the week of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, take care where you light up.
Due to the drought, fair officials have taken precautionary measures and implemented a policy that there will be no smoking permitted on the entire fairgrounds property except in designated areas.
These areas will either be hard-surface, stone or gravel, and cigarette waste receptacles will be provided, fair officials said Friday. The areas will be identified with signage and a map will be available at each walk-through gate, both information gazebos and at the Fair Office windows.
County fair officials have also mandated that there will be no charcoal or gas grilling permitted in the campgrounds. The “no open fire” policy will remain in effect as it has for many years.
The 4-H Poultry Chicken barbecue will take place July 25 on the fairgrounds’ basketball court. The Beef, Lamb, Pork and Rib Cook-Off will still take place in the Lamb Barn on the morning of July 28.
Elkhart Township fire chief Steve Chupp said he supports the burning restrictions at the fair.
“For as dry as it is, it’s a good idea,” he said.
In addition to discarded cigarettes, Chupp indicated, vehicle exhausts and catalytic converters may also pose a fire threat in dry fairgrounds parking lots. He said the people helping park vehicles will keep a watchful eye.
The 2012 fair is set for July 20 to 28.
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