CANFIELD, OH (WKBN) – Students around the state are coming to terms with the ban on chickens at state fairs.
In response to a major bird flu sweeping the nation and killing millions of birds, the Ohio Department of Agriculture sent down a decision banning poultry from all fairs until at least 2016.
Olivia Wince, a senior at South Range, has taken chickens to the fair for more than 10 years and this would have been her last year competing.
“It’s a little disappointing because I don’t get to finish my last year with everything I want to take. But it’s okay, though, because we want to keep everyone safe,” Wince said.
She said she is glad the state made the decision before any birds in Ohio got sick. If they would have waited, things could have gotten expensive.
“there would be a huge money loss to the kids that take meat projects because they are not allowed to sell or do anything with their chickens,” Wince said.
The virus has not yet made its way to Ohio, but state leaders hope the ban on chickens will help prevent the outbreak. According to officials, there is little threat to humans.