July 26, 2022 - Out of an abundance of caution and in line with the recommendation of the Washington State Veterinarian and the Walla Walla Fair Poultry superintendent, Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days has made the decision to offer an alternative to the traditional live poultry show for this year's Fair by staging a "virtual" show. The Walla Walla Fair joins other Washington fairs, such as the Grant County Fair (Moses Lake) and the Central Washington State Fair (Yakima) by suspending a live poultry show this year.
Due to the rising number of HPAI a/k/a Avian Flu in the state, the State Veterinarian has recommended a suspension of exhibitions, fairs, and poultry sales until 30 days after the last detection to prevent further infection and spread.
This year, Walla Walla Fair poultry exhibitors will be able to "exhibit" their animals using photos, posters, decorated cages, and, for the youth exhibitors, a stuffed chicken for the showmanship contest. Photos of the exhibitor’s poultry will be judged, like any other year just in picture form.
Fair Manager Greg Lybeck noted, "This was a difficult decision and one we recognize will be disappointing to our many poultry exhibitors. Every effort is being made to make this year's poultry show a fun and educational experience. We hope everyone understands the need to always put safety first."
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