ONTARIO, Oregon — The first annual Eastern Oregon Cannabis Festival is happening in Ontario this Saturday.

The all-day festival will be held at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. It will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is for adults who are 21 and older. Admission is $5.

The festival is being held on 4/20 - a popular day for marijuana users. It comes six months after Ontario voters repealed a ban on marijuana sales.

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Organizer Stormy Ray says there will be lots of live music, food, vendors, games and contests.

“There is a lot of excitement because there hasn’t been a cannabis festival, we’re getting ready to have a good time,” Ray said.

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She estimates around 1,000 to 1,500 people will come through the gates, but says that number be a lot higher. Early response has been good.

Smoking is not permitted at the fairgrounds, but Ray says there will be a beer garden and event-goers can try a CDB-based beer.

Ray says this a great opportunity for the public to come and learn about the benefits of cannabis.

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