Fair animals checked

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Mercer County Grange Fair Board expects to see about 12,000 people this year, with the animal exhibits attracting the largest crowds.

On Monday, hundreds of animals were dropped off at the fair and barns were filled with animals.

“We have dairy cows coming in,” said Mercer County Grange Fair Barn Manager Carrie King. “I’m not exactly sure how many sheep and goats that are coming in. Approximately 20 miniature horses.”

Dozens of pigs and 333 rabbits are also expected at the fair. All have to be vaccinated and checked by a veterinarian for any diseases before they come to the fairgrounds.

The fair staff also inspects the animals.

“We look for nasal discharge, yucky eyes, ring worm, stuff like that,” King said.

If they look unhealthy, the owners must take them home.

The state veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture also showed up to check out the animals.

“She complimented us on how nice our barns were, and how great the animals are we have on exhibit,” said Virginia Richardson, a fair board member.

Officials said the staff does their best to take good care of the animals during the seven-day event that ends on Saturday.

“The main (thing), considering being that it’s so hot, is shade and water, fresh cold water,” King said.

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