The Benton County Fair is going on as planned even with smoke

    Fair workers were provided with CDC approved masks to wear in the smoke. Lori Lancaster executive director of the fair says it is up to them whether or not they wear them. <p>{/p}

    If the thick smoke in the air has you worried about the Benton County Fair and Rodeo starting tomorrow, fair officials say don't be.

    The fair's executive director tells Action News they haven't moved any events indoors for the smoke because they don't have that kind of space. Fair officials are expecting the smoke to clear and not keep people away.

    "The smoke's supposed to clear up. This is the culmination of a year's worth of work for all of us and all of the kids that are here,” said Lori Lancaster, executive director of the Benton County Fair and Rodeo. “They're here checking their animals and everybody's excited for the week and the show goes on.”

    The team setting up for the fair was given CDC approved masks to wear, and the outdoor activities will continue.

    This is the 70th anniversary of the Benton County Fair and Rodeo. Officials checked the livestock in today. This year the fair will have about 180 vendors.

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