SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced that junior and open live shows at the Illinois State Fair will be canceled for 2022 to protect against highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Illinois State Fair Junior Poultry Exhibitors will continue to have the opportunity to receive recognition and bonuses through a virtual poster contest. Rules and entry requirements will be available at www.illinoisstatefair.info.
To allow time for junior poultry exhibitors to adjust to the new format, the Illinois State Fair will extend the entry deadline to July 15.
“The ministry works year-round to promote biosecurity for all livestock producers. With the current situation, it remains important for all of us to be responsible and protect ourselves from the spread of bird flu at the Illinois State Fair and County Fairs,” said Mark Ernst, IDOA State Veterinarian.
The County Fair Junior 4-H Poultry Shows started the season with a virtual format and will continue throughout the county fair season. These fairs allow young exhibitors to demonstrate through posters or virtual exhibitions.
“We are committed to ensuring that 4-H youth will always have the opportunity to exhibit, earn awards and be judged with their 4-H poultry project this year – it will just be virtually what happened. proven successful early in the county fair season,” said Dan Jennings, University of Illinois 4-H Livestock Specialist.
The department’s emergency rules went into effect April 5 and can remain in effect for up to 150 days. The emergency rule prohibits the sale or display of poultry and poultry products at swap meets, shows, flea markets and auctions in Illinois to prevent the spread of the Avian Flu.
Flock owners, handlers or veterinarians should report immediately to IDOA at 217-782-4944 or the US Department of Agriculture at 866-536-7593.
For more information on avian influenza, including links to USDA websites and biosecurity tips, visit the IDOA website at tinyurl.com/mfxz2bxv.