State Fair organizers keep eye on bird flu

Published 9:10 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

ST. PAUL — Minnesota State Fair organizers are already thinking about how the bird flu could impact this summer’s poultry exhibition.

Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says they’ve discussed a variety of options, including canceling the poultry program. Last year, exhibitors showed more than 2,100 chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.

Minnesota Public Radio says the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is still leaving decisions about poultry exhibits up to fair organizers and counties. But Assistant Director Beth Thompson says that could change in the next month if the virus continues to spread.

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The bird flu has cost 44 Minnesota farms nearly 2.6 million turkeys.