Officials at the Iowa State Fair say there are no plans to ban animals from the event in August. Fair spokesperson Kathy Swift says concerns over the impact of “foot and mouth” is increasing as people start thinking about the event. They’re sending out a lot of information on the fair right now, and they plan to have livestock at this year’s event. Swift says they’re getting calls about their plans. She says the questions increased after the World Pork Expo scheduled to open in Des Moines next month was cancelled over concerns about “foot and mouth.” Swift says the interest extends beyond Iowa. Swift says some 17-thousand head of livestock and 33-hundred pets from around the country participated in the 2000 fair. The Iowa State Fair will run from August 9th through the 19th.
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