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How to Have BIG FAIR FUN & Still Be Smart & Safe Around Fair Animals

This is a photo of a goat with the Washington County Fair logo in the lower right corner.

The interaction with animals at the Fair allows you to learn more about them and helps to build an important human and animal bond but remember: Animals carry germs that can make people sick.

  • Never eat, drink, or put things in your mouth while visiting the Livestock exhibits. No food or non-sealed beverages will be allowed into the Livestock Exhibit area where the animals are at.
  • If you choose to touch an animal, an animal's bedding, or pen, you need to wash your hands with soap and water before touching your face, eating, etc.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water right after you visit the Livestock exhibits, and do this even if you didn't touch an animal. Hand-washing trailers will be located at the entrance/exits of the Livestock Exhibit Area, and you will also have the opportunity to wash and sanitize your shoes and the wheels of strollers or wagons at that same time.
  • Even though an animal is resting, that doesn't mean it is then okay to place an infant or child on the back of the animal in order to take a photo. This can result in a serious accident.
  • If you drop something into a cage, stall, or pen, always ask the exhibitor of the animal to retrieve that item for you, and after it is retrieved, make sure you thoroughly wash it.
  • Keep your distance when walking behind animals, because they need personal space too! Avoid getting behind the back legs of a horse, cows, or other livestock. A sudden kick or swat of a tail can happen very quickly.
  • You know how you get startled by a loud noise? Well, animals can too. Mute your phone, keep that noisemaker you might have bought or just won in a bag, and walk quietly past the animals. Use your "Inside Voice" and soft steps when in the Livestock Exhibit Area.
  • ADULTS: Take some time as you're on your way to the Fair to talk about how to behave around animals so everybody is safe and has a great time!
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