Recently in Clinton County, H3N2 (more commonly known as “Swine Flu”) was discovered at the Fair. The Clinton County Fair officials worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture & State Veterinarian to determine the best course of action to contain a potential outbreak and declared the show a “Terminal” show. This meant that all hogs went to slaughter after the show and the barn was quarantined
Stark County Fair has been in contact with the ODA and the State Vet. While we do not anticipate any issues, we must be prepared and the following will take place:
- All swine will be checked by the local veterinarian prior to entering the swine barn. If an animal is found to be sick at time of unloading, they will be sent home.
- If an animal is found to be sick at the Fair, the Stark County Fair and Local Veterinarian will work with State officials to determine the cause. If H3N2 is confirmed, then the barn will be shut down and the show will be terminal. This means that any animal in the barn will go to slaughter including open class entries and breeding class entries.
- Signs will be posted in and around the barn on hand washing, no eating/drinking and other good hygiene practices around animals.
The safety of our exhibitors, visitors, guests and general public is of the utmost importance to the Fair. Exhibitors, be aware that if a terminal show is declared, no animal will be allowed to return home and all swine will go to slaughter.
We look forward to seeing you at the Stark County Fair!