Bird flu means no poultry, waterfowl exhibits at fair

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BERRIEN SPRINGS – The Berrien County Youth Fair Board of Directors has canceled this year’s poultry and waterfowl exhibits.

Following the recommendation from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development after recent avian influenza outbreaks across the Midwest, the board and poultry committee is examining alternatives for poultry exhibitors at this year’s annual youth fair.

At the monthly board of directors meeting Monday night, the board voted to extend the large animal registration deadline to June 8 at midnight to allow poultry exhibitors the opportunity to register any late additions.

Online entries, as well as paper entries for large animals, will be accepted.

BCYF President Bruce Foster said this one-time decision to extend the large animal registration deadline will allow poultry exhibitors to register a large market animals – swine, goat, sheep, beef breeding, dairy, llama or equine.

Foster said exhibitors can still register any other small animals including rabbits, pocket pets, dogs or cats by July 1.

The Berrien County Youth Fair will run from Aug. 17-22.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 3, 2015)


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