Hartford Fair has plenty in store for 152nd year

From school-bus races to big horses and higher voltage, visitors to the 152nd Hartford Independent Fair will see some positive changes, fair manager and secretary Larry Hughes said. Full Story
animals

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 25, 2010
they need to clean up the animal areas many of the cages are way too small for the animals. out of the many fairs i have been to this was one of the worst ones. dont waiste your money. I saw rabbits that couldnt even move since the cages were so small same with chickens. they were standing in their own crap.
Not a dime

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 26, 2010
I believe it is up to the kids to bring in their own cages for the rabbits and chickens. I have been to the fairgrounds when the fair has not been going on and there are not cages there. I have also seen kids taking their rabbits and chickens out still in cages. As far as them standing in their own crap, well, the kids can't hardly sit there and wait for the crap to happen and clean it up immedately. It just doesn't work that way. Most are required to clean up at least once per day (that is the way it worked with my nephew's steer).

I think the fair is great, can't wait to go this year.
visitor

Mount Vernon, OH

#3 Jul 28, 2010
I have been a visitor to your WONDERFUL fair twice, am looking forward to coming again this year. We have two fairs in our county, your one is far better than either of ours! The grounds are neat and clean, the animal areas are well situated and the care that goes into them shows![Our fair does provide cages for the rabbits, the cages stack and measure 2'x2'x18", with plywood 3" under for scraping away manure.]
I love the 4-H booths with all the displays! Kids work hard on those items!! I am in awe of the open showmanship of Vegetables, photography, heirlooms & all the things people are so proud of!! Our fair has ~maybe~ one table of such things.
KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK. I think it's GREAT.
animals

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 1, 2010
Not a dime wrote:
I believe it is up to the kids to bring in their own cages for the rabbits and chickens. I have been to the fairgrounds when the fair has not been going on and there are not cages there. I have also seen kids taking their rabbits and chickens out still in cages. As far as them standing in their own crap, well, the kids can't hardly sit there and wait for the crap to happen and clean it up immedately. It just doesn't work that way. Most are required to clean up at least once per day (that is the way it worked with my nephew's steer).
I think the fair is great, can't wait to go this year.
I guess ignorance is bliss in this area. It is not just up to the kids these poor conditions are up to the fair board. The new state laws for animals would and should stop these small cages. When animals are standing in their own crap or sorry cant stand up at all because a cage is so small is animal cruelty and animal abuse. I have never ever seen animals in such bad conditions and i have been to fairs in several states this is by far one of the worst and most boring. Very discusting.
Not a dime

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 2, 2010
animals wrote:
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I guess ignorance is bliss in this area. It is not just up to the kids these poor conditions are up to the fair board. The new state laws for animals would and should stop these small cages. When animals are standing in their own crap or sorry cant stand up at all because a cage is so small is animal cruelty and animal abuse. I have never ever seen animals in such bad conditions and i have been to fairs in several states this is by far one of the worst and most boring. Very discusting.
I'm ignorant? That's nice.

If it is a state law (which I wasn't aware of) then yes, the fair would need to do something to make sure the kids are compliant. If the fair board wants to change things, then they can. Go to them and voice your concerns.

Or just save your money and stay home.
hartford fair

Kirby, OH

#6 Aug 7, 2010
Not a dime wrote:
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I'm ignorant? That's nice.
If it is a state law (which I wasn't aware of) then yes, the fair would need to do something to make sure the kids are compliant. If the fair board wants to change things, then they can. Go to them and voice your concerns.
Or just save your money and stay home.
Yes you are ignorant, animals was right this fair is discusting for the animals he/she neglected to mention the horse barns are full of cobwebs never seen such poor kept areas for the animals. rest of the grounds is kind of run down even where the vendors are. this fair should be condemed. i know i will never go back again.
Not a dime

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 9, 2010
You people kill me.

They are BARNS...you can clean them up as much as you want, however spiders are still going to get in there...there are still going to be cobwebs. They are OUTSIDE. Have either of you been on a farm? Things are not clean 100% of the time. Should they build something similar to a house and allow the animals to be inside? Give them central air as well? After all, it is HOT outside...making them stay outside is inhumane (I'm being sarcastic, just incase you didn't catch that).

The fair is TEMPORARY housing for them, they are there for 4 days more or less before they are sold. You should go check out some of the hog farms, or the Croton Egg Farm if you want to see deplorable conditions...animals practically living on top of each other because the farmers want to maximize their profit with limited space.

Do you boycott eating meat as well?

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