Two fairs in Eastern Washington cancelled their horse barns and events last weekend, citing concerns about West Nile virus and a recent case of Equine Herpes. Both the Northeast Washington Fair in Colville and the Lincoln County Fair in Davenport closed their horse exhibits.
Lori Matlock, manager for the Northeast Washington Fair, said the parents and exhibitors from the horse barn decided to forgo having their horses at the fair due to the potential for contagion.
“There wasn’t a mandate from the state to close the horse exhibits, that was a decision from the parents and exhibitors,” said Matlock. “We are hoping to move the horse section to October and hold the premiums so the kids can be part of the fair.” More