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Staying safe around fair livestock

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The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo petting zoo will be a top attraction again this year, and who can resist the chance to pet the lovable livestock?

After a recent CDC report confirming new cases of the swine flu, there are some things you need to remember if you're planning on visiting the animals. For example, it's important to avoid any pigs that look sickly.

But the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is going one step further. More than 30 hand washing stations and 20 sanitizing stations are set up around livestock barns and high traffic areas.

"It's a lot easier if you put it right in front of them than if you expect them to go to the restroom and wash their hands after they've eaten or touched livestock or touched anything. This is a fair grounds. There's 120 thousand people here. There's all kinds of reasons why people should wash their hands," said Benton Franklin Fair Manager Lori Lancaster

Lancaster added that the sanitary precautions they have in place are actually a model for other fairs. She also told us that the animals are thoroughly checked out by a veterinarian before they are put out in the public.