Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
A 13-year-old Ben Logan student emerged from what judges and organizers called a very healthy field of meat pen chickens to take home the grand champion honors in Monday’s Poultry Show at the Logan County Fair.
Avery Braun, left, took grand champion honors in the meat pen category of the Logan County Fair’s Poultry Show on Monday. Deanndra Carpenter won the reserve champion rosette and trophy.
Taking top honors in the market turkey category of the Logan County Fair’s Poultry Show on Monday were grand champion, Seth Campbell, left, and reserve champion, Sam Henderson.
Garrett Horsley was grand champion and Alli Cruz won reserve champion in the breeder category of the Logan County Fair’s Poultry Show on Monday.
Top showmen in the Logan County Fair’s Poultry Show on Monday were, from left, Addison Rogers, intermediate, Kelsie Henault, junior, and Shelbi Henault, senior. (EXAMINER PHOTOS/REUBEN MEES)
Avery Braun said the key to her birds is limiting water to make the breast’s tighter and keeping them clean for show. The fifth-time poultry exhibitor said she begins bathing the chickens three days before the fair to get them used to the regimen.
Reserve champion Deanndra Carpenter, a 17-year-old from Ben Logan who has shown for eight years, agreed with that philosophy.
“It’s really about keeping them clean and having a uniform pen,” she said, noting that she started in May with 50 birds.
Judge Neil Grassbaugh and fair board show organizer Tylor Murray said this year’s field was high quality.
“I’m very complimentary of all the birds I saw in the chicken classes,” Mr. Grassbaugh said. “They’re all doing a very good job.”
“Overall we were down a little in numbers but the overall quality was there if not better than last year,” Mr. Murray said, noting that more youths are tending toward the smaller animals.
“They don’t take as long to grow out but it still teaches a child the responsibility of raising an animal. And economically, it’s not as expensive.”
In the breeder classes, Garrett Horsley took top honors for his white leghorn pullet while Alli Cruz took second for her white bantam.
Judge Matt Lhamoncq said he chose the best birds for obvious reasons.
“You have some that were obviously from breeders and some that were from hatcheries,” he said. “Going to the fair with a bird from the hatchery is like going to the pound and trying to win (an American Kennel Club) show.
“You’ve got good resources and breeders donw here in Logan County and it pays to take advantage of that.”
Garrett, 12, of West Liberty, said his family friend and chicken breeder Carl Stout helped him find his prize winning fowl, which was among four fancy birds he entered in the contest.
Other top prize winners in the contest were turkey grand champion Seth Campbell and reserve champion Sam Henderson. Showmanship awards went to Kelsie Henault at the junior level, Addison Rogers at the intermediate level and Shelbi Henault at the senior level.