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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - It's a different scene this year at the Linn County Fain in Central City. This year judges are analyzing eggs and photos of chickens.

Threats of the avian flu have forced live birds out of county fairs and this year's Iowa State Fair. 

"I was sad. I did not think that we would even have the poultry show," said Sean Hamilton.

Hamilton's birds still made it to the show though, just in a different form.

"So we just took pictures of our chickens that we would have brought today," said Hamilton. 

The poultry barn was supposed to be full of more than five hundred birds. When the state put a stop to the live bird exhibits, the Linn County fair board felt the need for poultry to still have a presence at the fair. 


This year, photos of birds and eggs were judged instead of participants showing off their live birds. 

However, there are still reminders of the avian flu throughout the exhibit hall. Signs and fliers are up throughout talking about the flu and how to protect your farm.

 "And if there's any way that we can help and educate the public and to put a better face on it that you know go out through the media."

It's a different approach to a devastating situation, but it's a chance for theses kids to show off their hard work.


"We're truly fortunate to have a show this year and not be impacted by the influenza," said Eva Dolan, Linn County Poultry Queen.

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