4-H horses won’t be at this week’s Fair

4-H horse owners have opted to not bring their animals to the Northeast Washington Fair this week. The Fair makes its four-day run starting on Thursday at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds.

“They are doing this to help stop the potential spread of the Equine Herpes virus Myeloencephalopathy,” pointed out Northeast Washington Fair Manager, Lori Matlock on Monday.

At present, there is one laboratory verified case of EHV1 “wild type” within the state of Washington.

Matlock said she was proud of the 4-H horse owners for making the decision they made.

“All of the 4-H kids have made a selfless choice to not put their animals at risk,” she said. “I am proud of our kids and our barn superintendent, Karin Pierce.”

“In the meantime, our horse barn will still be set up,” Matlock pointed out. “Please come and check out the decorations and educational posters…and the fun competition games.”