STATEMENT FROM THE FRANKLIN COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY:

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed two hogs tested positive for influenza at the Franklin County Fair.

Thanks to the proactive communication from of our Fair leadership and 4H advisors, our exhibitor was able to quickly identify an issue with his hogs and report it to the attending veterinarian. The Ohio Department of Agriculture was contacted immediately and every protocol was followed.

On Wednesday evening, out of an abundance of caution, all hogs were removed from the fairgrounds for harvest. All 48 were what we call market pigs, meaning they were already slated for market – to be processed.

The livestock areas were again disinfected, and the Fair will continue through Saturday, July 22. We do not presently have swine flu on the fairgrounds. Anyone coming to the fairgrounds can feel comfortable that the grounds are safe.

The 4H exhibitors showing the hogs will still participate in the livestock auction on Saturday, July 22, rewarding months of hard work and dedication.

“We followed, and continue to follow, every protocol per the Ohio Department of Agriculture to ensure the health of our animals, and most importantly, our exhibitors and fairgoers” says David Fleshman, president, Franklin County Agriculture Society. “We are grateful to everyone for exercising caution and acting in the best interest of our Fair and our community.”

Anyone who visited the Franklin County Fair and experiences flu-like symptoms, should contact a medical professional.

As a reminder to those visiting our livestock areas for the remainder of the Fair, we ask the following:

– Wash and/or sanitize hands thoroughly and often, particularly after handling animals and always before eating meals or touching your mouth (Hand washing/sanitizing stations can be found throughout the livestock barn, for convenience)

– No food or drink is allowed in the livestock barns

– No strollers, sippy cups or pacifiers are allowed in the livestock barns

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Fair office at (614) 876-7235.