Kids flock to feathered friends at the Frederick Fair

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They are back.

The birds are making their debut after being temporarily banned from The Great Frederick Fair due to avian flu concerns.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture banned the birds last year from Aug. 25 through June 30.

“Last year was different,” said The Great Frederick Fair poultry barn superintendent, Nancy Carlisle.

“We had some other things in the barn that we hoped were educational, and people found exciting to come in and see, but of course, everybody missed the chickens and ducks, too,” Carlisle said.

Over 300 birds have to be tested at least 10 days before the fair for the avian flu and salmonella. Each bird gets a silver bracelet showing they’re clean, fair officials said.

Many children are flocking to the poultry barn on their day off from school to see different types of feathery friends. Rachael Toombs is a Frederick County student and a 4-H member of eight years. 

“It’s Fair Day. So, everybody is off school, but I’ve taken off all this week because we have goats…[and] chickens,” said Toombs.

She’s at the fair today volunteering her time to help educate others about the importance of birds.

“Chicken agriculture is very big in Maryland. A lot of people are getting in to chickens to sustain their lives.”

Fair officials said Maryland’s top dollar agricultural production is chicken being raised for meat. 

 

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