Poultry is back at Iowa fairgrounds

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 23:49:10-04

Poultry is back at Iowa fairgrounds after they were banned last year.

In 2015, the Bird Flu forced state health officials to take drastic steps to stop the spread of the disease.

This disappointed a lot of Iowa fair-goers.

“Not being able to see them last year, the whole thing was really scary,” said Carolyn Wulff.

“It really wasn’t as fun-because you don't really get to see all the different kinds of animals,” said 11-year-old Andrew Laramy.

The Mills County fair takes place just a few miles from the landfill outside Malvern where hundreds of thousands of dead, infected birds were buried.

The Marvel family live close to the site and have birds of their own.

“The kids were definitely concerned about the bird flu spreading to our flock,” said Katy Marvel.

The ban on birds canceled poultry shows and kids in 4-H didn’t have the opportunity to showcase their prized possession.

“Last year I couldn't show anything and so I was kind of disappointed,” said 11-year-old Ann Barrett.

But now, all those worries are gone and poultry barns like this one are back in business and Barrett can showcase her duck named Aflack.

“I was really excited because I love birds,” said Barrett.

County fairs in Iowa are finally sounding like they should.

“It's really great to see them back again this year-in full force, there's a lot of them here,” said Wulff.

“It's just really exciting to hear a little crow every once in a while-it's good to have that sound back,” said 13-year-old Maggie Begbie.