Mid-State Fair cancels poultry show due to disease concerns
–Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) in California, the California Mid-State Fair has announced the cancellation of the Youth Poultry Shows (all fowl species) for 2019.
This difficult decision was based on a variety of factors including recommendations from the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Animal Health Branch regarding poultry shows and exhibitions throughout the state, the quarantine areas in Southern California continuing to expand and a recent case of vND in Alameda County that has raised additional concerns.
The California Mid-State Fair joins numerous other fairs and poultry organizations in the state in canceling their poultry shows and exhibits. Although this decision is disappointing for our exhibitors and fair guests, it is in the best interest of the community and the California poultry industry.
Since May 2018, staff from the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working in joint incident command to eradicate vND in Southern California. The highly contagious virus has resulted in the euthanasia of more than one million birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
The fair team says that they are confident that these federal, state and local government agencies will fully contain and eradicate vND soon and that they look forward to providing the Poultry Shows in 2020.
The 2019 California Mid-State Fair runs July 17-28 and this year’s theme is “Let’s Have S’More Fun!”
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