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At the Fair: Hands off the baby chickens

Posted October 16, 2012

I've heard from a few disappointed moms who were sad that their kids couldn't handle the baby chicks at the N.C. State Fair this year.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Poultry Science Club at N.C. State and has been popular for many years. The change comes after 25 visitors to the 2011 fair were sickened by E. coli. The fair made several changes this year in response to the illnesses to separate people and animals.

Here's what Brian Long, agriculture department public affairs director tells me about the change in the baby chick exhibit:

"The changes the fair made to create more separation between fairgoers and animals in the competition livestock areas were not intended to apply to the poultry exhibit," he said. "My understanding is that the exhibit’s organizers felt it was better to eliminate touching this year."


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  • Whosays Oct 19, 2012

    4Cats that is what I was trying to say I guess, but people are people and there are slackers that won't do it, so it ruins it for everyone else.

  • enjoy our greenways Oct 17, 2012

    I hope this means this year the baby chickens get to live. We stopped going to the baby chick section when we learned they put them all down after the fair. : (

  • cowgirlone Oct 17, 2012

    If anyone cared to pay attention to the fact that even in exhibit halls, vendor booths and restrooms were huge and plentiful containers of hand sanitizer. Proper hygiene or the lack of is a direct reflection of the person, not the venue. Animals can make people sick; Humans can make Animals sick; Humans can make other Human's sick. The State Fair does an excellent job with as many HUMAN variables that are presented. This year, the officials removed the animals as the “scapegoat”. And, as with everything, you can't please them all. IMO, It is the individual’s responsibility to take control in an uncontrolled environment

  • FromClayton Oct 17, 2012

    I am so sad!!!!! I wash my child's hands and THEN squirt the hand goo afterwards. That is my favorite part of the whole fair. oh so very sad.

  • 4Cats Oct 17, 2012

    agreed toffton

    Korndorff - all parents are not the same, I agree with that statement, however, all parents(people in general) need to be able to take responsibility for their own actions and stop looking to blame others. If a person doesn't wash their hands and gets e-coli, then it is their own fault.

  • myrasjones Oct 16, 2012

    It is kind of a contradiction because they put the hand washing areas out there so parents could make sure kids washed their hands but they are not letting them touch the animals anyways so what is the purpose of hand washing areas? Kind of dumb if you ask me...

  • toffton Oct 16, 2012

    Saves the lives on tons of chicks too. Kids tend to be too rough and injure them.

  • Whosays Oct 16, 2012

    In no way directed at you personally, but people complain all the time about something.

  • Whosays Oct 16, 2012

    Its a good thing, don't belly ache about it, I imagine if your child contracted E-Coli, then you would be against it too.
    Its just not safe, all parents are not the same and some don't clean their hands.