OR state fair youth housing fails safety standards



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It’s back to the drawing board for a planned youth village to house 4-H and FFA students at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

The state Parks and Recreation Department recently suspended fundraising for the village after one demonstration unit failed safety and disability access requirements.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/g1iKKK ) the 570-square foot prototype was built by a private manufacturer and funded with $40,000 in donations. It was put on display at last summer’s fair but not used to house students.

The fair is required to provide housing for the 4-H and FFA students. Fair officials have been renting trailers for the students. The number varies from 10 to 100 a day.


Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com