Ohio Taking Proactive Effort to Remain Free of Deadly Avian Flu

COLUMBUS – In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair announced today that both junior and open poultry shows will not be held at the 2015 Ohio State Fair.

In a proactive effort to help Ohio remain free of avian flu at a time when other states are experiencing problems related to the virus, the Ohio Department of Agriculture today issued a proclamation to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and to prohibit all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets, in Ohio for the rest of the year. While there are no known cases of avian flu in Ohio, the virus likely is being carried by the state’s wild bird population. Complete information about the Department of Agriculture’s announcement is available here.

“We fully support the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s decision,” Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler stated. “Ohio’s poultry industry plays a vital role in our state’s economy and agricultural development, and we want to do everything we can to preserve the health of Ohio’s birds.”

In 2014, there were a total of 3,708 poultry entries from 214 exhibitors, with approximately 25 percent of those entries coming from youth exhibitors. At this time, the development of a program to recognize junior fair poultry exhibitors is of the utmost importance.

“The Ohio State Fair remains a showcase for Ohio’s agricultural industry, and we are working closely with our poultry show director, the Ohio Poultry Association, 4-H and FFA to find ways to highlight youth poultry projects and educate fairgoers,” said Strickler.

Exhibitors who have already submitted entries for the 2015 Ohio State Fair poultry show will be issued full refunds. Ten entries have been received to date.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2015 Ohio State Fair will run July 29 – Aug. 9, 2015.



Alicia Shoults

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