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After poultry ban, birds are back at the Red River Valley Fair

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WEST FARGO - There is no question. The roosters are glad to be back at the Red River Valley Fair.

"You can get pretty close to your chickens," said Dawn Walden, raises chickens,

And Dawn Walden is glad the Poultry Barn is full and noisy again.

"We are very excited to be back with the poultry," said Walden.

Avian flu cancelled poultry shows across the region a year ago, now the birds are back.

"Surprisingly, chickens are very social and they become your pets," said Walden.

Some looking like they just rolled out of bed, or perhaps won Best in Show.

15-year old Joslin Forness of West Fargo loves her chickens.

"There is that really early in the morning, you sleep through it," said Joslin Forness, 4-H member.

Especially Grand Champion Mattix and her rooster who struts his stuff after winning top prize. The 10th grader is thrilled the chickens have returned. It was a tough fair without them.

"Last year was so sad not to show chickens, it is my favorite part of the year, you can show off your bird," said Forness.

Tomorrow is the rooster crowing contest there is some serious competition in this barn.

The rooster crowing competition gets underway at 11:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds. Human crowing competition starts at 3:00 p.m.

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