No Poultry

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

The state veterinarian banned birds from all fairs in the state. Even though the Rockingham County Fair's not for another month, it's final. It'll keep the birds safe, but for some it's a little disappointing.

The Leininger family's been working with birds all year.

"Feed them and play with them and water them." Caleb Leininger says.

But, they say showing's the best part.

"Cause they can win stuff," Sarah Leininger says.

"Once he won me a blue ribbon," Micah Leininger says.

Not this year, the fair is going to look more like this, no poultry allowed.

"It just invites the spread of people coming to the fair with their animals the chance that they would contract it from another animal or individual," Dennis Cupp says.

Especially families like the Leininger's who would have brought more than 50 birds.

"We'd really lose three years of work and breeding if we lose these birds so yeah, we're really scared," Verne Leininger says.

But, they, like many others, are still planning to come to the fair.

"Yeah, we will be going to the fair Sarah has lambs and we also will have guinea pigs and rabbits that are still at the fair and we'll have to be there quite a bit-we take precautions," Verne says.

Verne says they'll stay away from people with birds, disinfect their feet and be careful who gets close to their other animals.

"The loss is for the visitors coming to see the poultry they enjoy always for the little children to watch the duck slide," Cupp says.

And for these kids who've worked all year.

A Department of Agriculture spokesperson says the fair is acting responsibly. If they had more bio security, it might be overkill.

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