Stanislaus County Fair officials have announced that the poultry show cancelation will continue for the 2020 Fair livestock program.
The decision comes after California State Veterinarian recommended to cancel poultry shows. Recognizing that the Stanislaus County Fair is in the middle of the poultry industry and do not want to put them at risk, Fair officials decided to cancel the show once again. In 2019, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and USDA recommended all Fairs evaluate their poultry shows due to Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) that seemed to be impacting a narrow population of poultry, making some poultry gatherings higher risk than others. CDFA issued a document from the California State Veterinarian titled “Guidance Document: Risk Evaluation for Poultry Exhibition Managers” to provide poultry shows and exhibitions criteria to help evaluate the risk.
“In the best interests of our community and the poultry industry, we have decided to cancel our poultry show for 2020,” said Matt Cranford, chief executive officer for the Stanislaus County Fair. “We understand the impact this decision will have on the youth in our livestock program and wish we had other alternatives. We were excited to bring back poultry but will have to wait for 2021 for the opportunity.”
The 2020 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 10 for a 10-day run. Fair guests can count on an award-winning experience that has been over 109 years in the making. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will be on sale beginning Saturday, April 25, 2020. Corporate ticket sales will also be available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Visit the Fair’s website for upcoming ticket sale information at www.stancofair.com.
The 2020 Fair will feature a spectacular children’s area. Also planned for 2020 are 10-nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals. Metal-mashing motorsports in the FoodMaxx Arena will also be featured.
The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community-oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology. For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair, visit www.stancofair.com.