SI Fair Nixes Pig Races and Goes to the Dogs

This year's Richmond County Fair is forgoing pig races in response to a new swine flu strain

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    Organizers of the county fair on Staten Island are making a dogged effort to prevent the spread of swine flu.

    The Staten Island Advance says this year's Richmond County Fair is forgoing pig races in response to a new swine flu strain. Instead, the Labor Day weekend fair will feature dogs running down an elevated plank and diving into the water.

    Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox owns Ultimate Air Dogs, which is hosting the canine caper. He's encouraging fairgoers to bring their dogs if they like to swim.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said say the new swine flu strain is relatively mild. Some cases have been linked to fairs, so the health organization has encouraged people not to pet pigs.

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