For one poultry farmer and 4H competitor, the year of no birds at the Minnesota State Fair could be the most rewarding.
People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.
The gates to the Minnesota State Fair open every morning at 6 a.m., but competition for the agricultural kids is already well underway. It takes a lot of prep work to get into the ring. The work really never stops, it actually goes all night long.