Decision made to protect poultry from avian flu
Palmer, Alaska – In response to the presence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Alaska, there will be no poultry exhibits at the 2022 Alaska State Fair.
“This was a difficult decision for the Fair to make, but after evaluating the risks and benefits, and listening to the expert recommendations, we believe it is best to err on the side of caution in order to keep Alaska livestock healthy and food safe,” said Jerome Hertel, Fair CEO.
The first case of avian flu was confirmed in Alaska on April 29, 2022. While the risk to human health from this virus is very low, it is highly contagious among birds and can affect all types of domestic poultry, causing illness and death.
While there will be no turkeys, chickens, geese and ducks exhibited, the 2022 Fair will still feature the baby chick exhibit, as the disease does not affect chicks in the egg. The popular exhibit will be in its usual location in Craig Taylor Farm Exhibits.
The 4-H Jr. Market Livestock Auction will also take place on Saturday, September 3, with some modifications. While poultry will not be on display during the Fair or auction, 4-H youth will have photos and descriptions of their birds for interested buyers. More information can be found on the 4-H website at alaska4h.org.