Vets give pigs a clean bill of health as State Fair readies for opening day

A team of veterinarians was on hand to check up on the pigs that were checking in to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Wednesday. None showed signs of the new swine flu strain that's been known to spread to humans. The livestock arrival was part of a day full of preparation for Thursday's opening.
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Swine flu concerns made for some added precautions on check-in day at the State Fair's swine barn. Veterinarians checked out more than 200 pigs and gave them the OK to be on display when the public arrives Thursday. Altogether, 1,000 pigs will be exhibited during the Fair's twelve day run.

The animals weren't the only ones getting ready for opening day.

WCCO also visited the very important person who decides which exhibitors are lucky enough to get a booth and the State Fair and where those booths are located.

You might presume that the youngsters who raise and show farm animals at the Fair also own those animals. In most cases that's likely true, but suburban counties are increasingly making use of a leasing program to match farm animals with non-farm 4Hers.

For State Fair basics, including how to avoid that $12 parking fee, Fridley Patch offers this guide.

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