If you have kids who love to go to the petting zoo at the South Plains Fair, you'll notice something a little different this year. You can't feed the animals. That's always been a big tradition out there. Not to mention a huge money maker for area 4-H clubs which sold the pet food, but there's a good reason why kids can't feed the animals anymore. The risk of infection. So it's a safety concern.
"Number of concerns about people interacting with animals and wind up getting sick. We decided to continue to do our petting zoo and not cancel it as many fairs have done, to continue to support our Lubbock County 4-H, but we decided not to have the feeding activity," says Herb Higgs the manager at the South Plains Fair.
Area 4-H clubs are still providing the animals, and in return, the South Plains Fair is generously donating the money those groups would have earned by selling the food, which amounts to about $3,000. Bottom line here, the petting zoo stays, but with no food, and with the addition of a hand washing station so that kids can wash up after they love on these little guys. To cut the risk of infection.