Poultry returns to Allen County Junior Fair after 2015 avian flu scare


By Amy Eddings - [email protected]



Halle Swaney and her twin sister, Hope, wash their lambs in preparation for a livestock auction last year. The girls are from Wapakoneta.


The Lima News file photos

Sydney Tregkia plays with Bozo, a 270-pound crossbred hog in his pen during last year’s fair. Bozo was raised by her friend, Ella Newland, of Lafayette.


The Lima News file photos

LIMA — Chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys make their return to the barns and show rings at the Allen County Junior Fair, following last year’s statewide ban on all live poultry shows due to an outbreak of avian flu.

“If you had a feather, you weren’t allowed to come on to the fairgrounds,” said Kelly Coble, 4-H coordinator for The Ohio State University Extension’s Allen County Office.

Other Junior Fair livestock competitions include horses, dairy, beef and hogs. They’re held at various times throughout each day of the fair. Coble said the best time to see young Junior Fair participants in action is in the barns early in the morning, before the competitions start.

“You’ll see kids getting their animals ready,” she said, “washing them and grooming them and doing last-minute touches.”

Each livestock division has a market competition and a showmanship competition. Judges in market competitions look at “how much meat is on that animal,” said Coble. In showmanship competitions, judges grade youngsters on how they present their animal, on “knowing what side of the animal you need to stand on, making sure that you’ve worked with your animal enough that their legs are square or however you need to set that animal up,” she said.

“It helps you learn responsibility,” said Coble of Junior Fair. “It helps you when it comes to presenting yourself to people.”

Halle Swaney and her twin sister, Hope, wash their lambs in preparation for a livestock auction last year. The girls are from Wapakoneta.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Lambs_01co-1.jpgHalle Swaney and her twin sister, Hope, wash their lambs in preparation for a livestock auction last year. The girls are from Wapakoneta. The Lima News file photos
Sydney Tregkia plays with Bozo, a 270-pound crossbred hog in his pen during last year’s fair. Bozo was raised by her friend, Ella Newland, of Lafayette.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kiss_a_pig_01co-1.jpgSydney Tregkia plays with Bozo, a 270-pound crossbred hog in his pen during last year’s fair. Bozo was raised by her friend, Ella Newland, of Lafayette. The Lima News file photos

By Amy Eddings

[email protected]

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-242-0379 or on Twitter, @lima_eddings.

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-242-0379 or on Twitter, @lima_eddings.

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