2021 Currituck County Poultry Show caps educational program

Published 12:14 pm Monday, October 25, 2021

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The 2021 Currituck County 4-H Poultry project “has come to an end and boy was it a great finish!” states the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center.

The 2021 Poultry Show was held Saturday, October 2 in conjunction with the Currituck County Farm Festival hosted at the N.C Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center. Youth received two chicks in the spring and participated in an educational program to learn about poultry and care and showmanship of chickens.

Both the chicken and the youth were judged during the show. Youth were judged on knowledge they gained about poultry during this project and also on how well they handled their birds in the showmanship. The chickens were judged on body structure and development.

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Showmanship highlights the knowledge and handling skills of the youth, which compete in age groups. “Our Cloverbuds (ages 5-7 years old), Emmett White and Laurel Peele did a fabulous job and all received a blue ribbon,” stated Currituck Extension in a press release. “The Junior class is for youth ages  8 – 10 years old. Our top Junior showmen were 1st place Jenna Peele, 2nd place Caleb Minton and 3rd place Karleigh Meads. The Senior class is youth ages 14 – 18 years of age and our 1st place Senior showman was Sailor Peele.”

The “official judging” is when the chicken is judged so everyone is in the same class, according to the release. The judge stated that this was a difficult class to judge because all the birds were about the same age and had all been cared for and were well-groomed for the show. He placed the class with 4th place going to Caleb Minton, 3rd place going to Karleigh Meads, 2nd place going to Sailor Peele and 1st place and grand champion bird went to Jenna Peele.

“Congratulations to all of our 2021 participants!” stated the release.

For more information on the Currituck County 4-H Poultry program, contact Stephanie Minton at 232-2262 or via email stephanie_minton@ncsu.edu.