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At the Fair

* Important Note – You must keep your pens clean and birds fed and watered at all times! The Committee will inspect the barn and pens at 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to ensure that everything is in order. *

Monday – Day Before Fair Starts
Weigh-ins and leg banding will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for market birds in the poultry barn. All poultry projects must be checked in by 9:00 p.m.! Pictures for all projects will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pictures are available for purchase, but please bring correct change as the Poultry Committee will not make change this year. At weigh-ins and leg banding, it is important to make sure that all leg bands from home have been removed prior to checking in at the front table. This will help us speed up the process. Also, during this time, a parent/guardian will need to be present to sign the Drug Notification/Use Form. These forms must be handed in by 9:00 p.m. this evening or else you will not be permitted to show. This is not our rule, but it is a state rule! There will be NO EXCEPTIONS! The Poultry Committee requests that there be no projects placed in the barn until you weigh in and get your birds leg bands. If you do choose to leave your birds unattended in the barn, you do so at your own risk and the Poultry Committee will not be responsible for anything that may happen to them. One last important note; Please make sure you feed and water your birds before you leave for the evening. The Poultry Committee will check pens all throughout the week of the fair. Pen evaluations by the Poultry Committee will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. If pens are not clean, or have food and water when we check them, your 4-H Advisor and/or your parents will be contacted to correct the situation.

Tuesday – SHOW DAY
It is recommended that you have your birds fed and watered by 9:30 as the barn closes at 9:45 so our show can begin on time and be orderly. You should also have your birds cleaned and ready for show. Remember, you should not wash your birds the morning of show. If they are dirty, take a baby wipe and clean them with that remembering to wipe with the feathers so you do not damage your birds feather prior to show. Our broiler show will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. We will use a public address system this day in the barn and this is how we will let you know when it is your turn to show. The Committee will determine the show order. We usually call ten pens at a time and those ten pens will be on deck to show until you are told to go to the judging area. You MUST be present to show your own birds and you will need another 4-H member to help you show your project since you have two birds. Please make sure that this 4-H’er has the proper knowledge on how to handle and show your broilers. Once all broilers have been shown, we will call back the top pens to be placed for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. We are unsure on how many we will call back as it is up to the judge to determine this. At this present time, we are unsure of the rest of the show order. We do know that all projects will be shown and judged first and then Showmanship will follow. All exhibitors are encouraged to show in Showmanship and if they are interested, they should sign up in the barn on show day. If you are a trophy winner, you will receive a thank you from the committee that you will need to write to your trophy sponsor and this thank you must be turned in when you get your trophy. If you do not have a thank you when you go to get your trophy, they will not give you your trophy. Trophy pick-up is usually Monday and this is handled by the Junior Fair Board. Please see them for details. If thank you notes are not handed out the day of the show, please see a committee member for your thank you card. You will also need a stamp for your thank you. If you are the Poultry Champion of Champions from our Showmanship classes, you will have the opportunity to show in the Showman of Showman Contest which is held on Monday. You will need to secure the proper number of birds for this show as you will be judging your peers on how they show poultry.

Wednesday – SALE DAY
Pens and the barn must be cleaned by 10:00 a.m. and be kept clean throughout the day. You must also have your birds fed and watered everyday by 10:00 a.m. Remember, the Committee will check the pens several times during the day for cleanliness and to see if your birds have feed and water. If the isles need to be swept, please take a broom from the cleaning area and sweep the isles and use a dust pan to put the shavings into the wheel barrow. If the wheel barrow needs to be emptied, please do so. We ask that you help us keep the barn as neat and clean as possible all throughout the fair. It is very important that we have our barn in the best shape that we can to make a good impression on fair goers and potential poultry buyers. Our turkey sale will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. with the broiler sale following directly after that. Only the Grand and Reserve Champion Broilers and Turkeys will be transported down to the sale. You will sell in the order that you placed in at the show and you will need to check in often as the sale moves quickly. If you cannot be present at the sale, you may have another 4-H member take your place. If you do not have a representative there, you will be placed at the end of the sale. The Poultry Committee recommends that you are there to sell your own birds. Remember, you are the one who made the contacts with your buyer and they are expecting you to be there.

Thursday
Pen cleaning and animal care must be completed by 10:00 a.m. and kept clean throughout the day. Remember, Committee members will be checking the pens throughout the day and the rest of the fair. The barn must also be cleaned throughout the day as well. Do your part in helping us keep our barn as neat and clean as possible please. You can turn your thank you note to your buyer complete with a stamp in today. Please place it in the chicken mailbox on the committee table. We will have a list of buyers complete with addresses. Please take the time to address your note. Also, remember to include a return address label so we know who wrote the thank you and then we can check you off of our list. Thank you notes are required.

Friday
Pen cleaning and animal care must be complete by 10:00 a.m. You will need to check in on your project several times a day to make sure that your pen meets committee specifications. If you have not turned in your thank you note to your buyer, you can turn it in today. Also, please do your part in keeping the barn clean.

Saturday
Pen cleaning and animal care must be complete by 10:00 a.m. You will need to check in on your project several times a day to make sure that your pen meets committee specifications. Remember to do your part in helping us keep the barn clean. Your thank you note must be turned in by 12:00 p.m. complete with a stamp, return address and buyers address. Look for signs in the Junior Fair Building on where and when to pick up your premiums.

Sunday
Pen cleaning and animal care must be complete by 10:00 a.m. You will need to check in on your project several times a day to make sure that your pen meets committee specifications. Remember, the committee will check pens at 10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Please help us keep the barn clean by assisting with sweeping the isles and emptying the wheel barrow.

Monday
Pen cleaning, barn cleaning and animal care is expected to be completed as usual. Just because it is the last day of the fair does not mean you can ignore doing this. The Committee will be checking on the pens throughout the day to ensure that the birds have been cared for. Trophy winners will be picking up their trophies at the location designated by the Junior Fair Board. The Showman of Showman Contest is today and all are welcome to view this show. It is usually held in the hog barn show ring. The barn will be closed to the public at 4:00 p.m. and this is when we will begin our load out for market birds. All other poultry must remain in place until 6:00 p.m.

 

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