CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Major changes are taking place at fairs across Ohio because of an aggressive bird flu moving across the country and on Tuesday, directors of the Canfield Fair talked about what the changes mean for the annual event.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has banned all live bird exhibits, but the Buckeye State is not the only state taking this precaution. Both Pennsylvania and Indiana also have done away with chickens at fairs this year.
Agriculture officials in Ohio have said the flu caused egg prices to double in two weeks and could have an estimated $1 billion impact on Ohio’s economy, according to an Associated Press report.
The ban on chickens will make it difficult on the exhibitors who are entering fairs, according to Canfield Fair Board of Directors Chairman Tony Parks. He said fair officials are trying to figure out what to do with the exhibition space normally reserved for chickens, ducks and roosters.
The first confirmed case of bird flu in the country was at the end of last year. Since then, more than 44 million birds have been infected.
So far, Ohio has not had any reported cases of the bird flu.