Concerns over bird flu are prompting the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to recommend excluding waterfowl, including ducks and geese, from county fairs this summer, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports. Officials also are recommending heightened bio-security for all birds at fairgrounds, meaning no sharing of food or food pans by exhibitors and no touching of birds by the public.
For kids who raised ducks or geese for the fair, Canyon County Fair Administrator Rosalie Cope said her fair will let them know of any restrictions. "We could let them set up education displays, just not their physical animals," Cope told the newspaper. "It'd be a good lesson for them. It's sad, though." You can read a full report here from the Associated Press.