Swine tradition trumps flu virus

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 23, 2012 - 11:13 PM

Despite new flu strain, pigs proved irresistible during opening day of the State Fair.

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evldedAug. 23, 12 3:00 PM

Oh, so macho. By the way, soap, water and sanitize all you want. Swine flu is airborne.

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noogleboogerAug. 23, 12 3:40 PM

Hey...people....leave dem pigs alone! Too many Amercian Hoggers!

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jarlmnAug. 23, 12 3:55 PM

This is why I avoid crowed events with a lot of people diddy-bopping around. With swine flu or regular flu... or sme sort of plague resurgence ... it's the people who can't be bothered to break from their wants and regular habits, who blithely go around infesting others. I'd imagine that during the Black Plague, there were folks ignoring it or poo-pooing it as "fear-mongering."

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rshacklefordAug. 23, 12 5:41 PM

"(article title) Hog fans swarm to swine barn, undaunted by flu warnings" ---- This journalist must have redefined the word "swarm" to mean something similar to "trickle." Other reporters this evening are saying that the attendance is down.

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mankato58Aug. 23, 12 6:29 PM

Well wrap me in bubble wrap and put me in a sterile room. Thank you nanny state for your concerns and many citizens for reenacting Chicken Little. Maybe a little more real world and we wouldn't have so many people "ill" because of minimal risks.

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mankato58Aug. 23, 12 6:56 PM

rshacklefordAug. 23, 12 5:41 PM "(article title) Hog fans swarm to swine barn, undaunted by flu warnings" ---- This journalist must have redefined the word "swarm" to mean something similar to "trickle." Other reporters this evening are saying that the attendance is down._________A couple of important facts to remember are that the Miracle of Birth Center is NOT the Swine Barn; and regardless of how many attend or do not attend the fair, the majority of barn attendees are made up of family, friends and people with interest in livestock - Outside of that group, very few fair attendees go near the barns. Yesterday the 4Hers showed up with their animals, and they will be there through Sunday. There will be open class during the week, and then next Wednesday the FFAers will show up. The people that go to these events have been around animals and know how safe it is.

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kennyrogersAug. 23, 12 8:23 PM

one time this guy was going to the minnesota state fair and saw a baby pig by the road so he stopped and picked up the pig and was driving around the city with the pig in the car and a cop pulled him over and asked what he was doing with that pig in the car and the guy said i found the pig beside the road and cop says i don't care, take that pig to the swine barn at the fair and the guy says okay and drives off and the next day the cop sees the guy driving around again and pulls him over and say I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO TAKE THAT PIG TO THE FAIR and the guy says i did! we had such a good time we're going to a Twins game today!

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MellersAug. 23, 12 9:08 PM

Well wrap me in bubble wrap and put me in a sterile room. Thank you nanny state for your concerns and many citizens for reenacting Chicken Little. Maybe a little more real world and we wouldn't have so many people "ill" because of minimal risks. Well, I'm glad nothing has happened ever to you or anyone you know or love. I'm one of the seemingly healthiest 34 year olds most people know, yet I have a compromised immune system. Most people I know don't know this. So I pay attention to things like this. And many have a compromised immune systems. It's not like a broken bone-you can't tell who has a disease or health situation that could be impacted by things like this. But again, I'm glad you're healthy. I will bike to the state fair (18 miles round trip) to work a 6-hour trip, but if you see me, you'd never know that I'm the sort of person that should probably avoid this exhibit.

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rustyscupperAug. 23, 12 9:52 PM

Dont they know whether these pigs have swine flu? I dont get it.

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kennyrogersAug. 23, 1210:59 PM

yes, they do, rusty. but they're still checking them for mad cow disease.

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