CANFIELD FAIR | Hogs to leave early due to swine flu concerns

CANFIELD — The Canfield Fair will remove all hogs from the fairgrounds after judging and auctions wrap up Thursday, Sept. 1 as a precaution related to recent cases of swine flu that have been reported.

“While it is unfortunate we cannot host the hogs for the duration of the fair, we want to honor the time and commitment the junior fair contestants have put in to the raising of these animals, but still keep the health of our fairgoers a top priority,” fair manager Bev Fisher said in a news release issued today.

The decision was reached after discussions with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the state veterinarian and the fair veterinarian, according to the release.

Cases of H3N2 — commonly called “swine flu” — recently were reported at another Ohio county fair.

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The fair begins Wednesday, Aug. 31 and runs through Monday, Sept. 5.