The Stoddard County Fair Board opted at its July meeting to not allow poultry exhibits at the 2015 County Fair because of the avian influenza outbreak. This includes all chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, guineas or other poultry. Fair board president Kevin Holman said it was a hard decision for the board. The outbreak of avian flu has not been found in Missouri but has spread across many states. Because some poultry exhibitors may be negatively affected by the decision the board adopted the following: “Exhibitors will still be able to enter poultry that are preregistered but differently. On a 8″ x 10″ piece of poster board you will display a 4″ x 6″ picture of your poultry, an entry tag will be filled out as usual. This will be judged as if poultry was there.” Holman said this will qualify students for scholarships and allow them to receive ribbons and prizes.