Poultry shows return to county fairs after statewide bans

South St. Louis County Fair
South St. Louis County Fair(KBJR 6/CBS 3)
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 5:45 PM CDT
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PROCTOR, MN -- 4H participants were busy showing birds at the South St. Louis County Fair Friday, about a month after a statewide ban on poultry shows expired.

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin put bans on those kind of events this spring, trying to slow the spread of bird flu.

South St. Louis County Fair organizers say they’re seeing lower numbers in their poultry barn this year because some people didn’t know the ban was lifted or are being careful.

Either way, they say they’re taking care of their clients.

“We’ve spaced between the birds more, so because of our lower number we’re able to do that and we try to keep the farms closer together and not mix them as much,” Annette Wilton, with the South St. Louis County Fair, said.

South St. Louis County Fair
South St. Louis County Fair(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

While our corner of Minnesota never reported any bird flu cases this year, in Wisconsin, there was a case detected in a backyard flock in Bayfield County.

The South St. Louis County Fair runs through Sunday.

Superior’s Head of the Lakes Fair starts Tuesday, August 2.

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