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NC State Fair moves to limit exposure to livestock

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RALEIGH, NC(AP) -- Health and agriculture officials are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the E.coli outbreak that sickened 25 visitors to the N.C. State Fair in 2011.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and other officials announced a number of changes Thursday in and around the three main livestock buildings.

Barriers will prevent fairgoers from getting close to livestock in some areas where previously people could come within touching distance. Visitors will be barred entirely from the Kelley Building for all but a few days of the fair. An investigation tied the illnesses to the Kelley Building, which houses livestock during the fair.

In some areas, pedestrian traffic will be shifted away from animals.

Ofificials also announced that food vendors are being relocated from the area between the Graham Building and Expo Center.

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Dixie Classic Fair

The Dixie Classic Fair as and has been originally a N.C. Livestock Fair to honor the efforts of all North Carolina Farmers --- sinse around 1925 + - . Obviously -- the ' slackness 'in entry rules allowing farmers to bring in their animals for show appears to be the culprit. Maybe a State Dept. of Health Animal/Vet. Examiners could be present to check the health of all animals and birds PRIOR to being displayed inside the buildings? Yet -- that might be a: 'tall order' for Raleigh, however N.C. State has a Animal Vet.School --- good OJT for their students !