Show uses stuffed birds


By Jeremy Erskine - jerskine@civitasmedia.com



Adrianna Via, who was awarded the Poultry Grand Showman of Showmen, speaks with the judge during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken.


Jeremy Erskine | The Register-Herald

A 4-H participant demonstrates the proper techniuqe for placing a chicken inside its cage during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken.


Jeremy Erskine | The Register-Herald

PREBLE COUNTY —There were several large outbreaks of Avian Influenza around the country this year. To protect commercial flocks, poultry shows and swaps were banned throughout the entire state of Ohio – as well as several other Midwestern states.

Thus, on Monday, August 3, poultry exhibitors participated in the showmanship portion had to use stuffed animals instead.

“We tried to provide as authentic an experience as possible,” said Christy Millhouse, the director of 4-H youth development. “We wanted to at least give the youth involved as close to the real bird as you can get.”

All particpants were handed a stuffed chicken as they walked into the show ring. The exhibitors still presented the judge with photographs of their poultry projects from home but were challenged in the interview more. They also still had to demonstrate the proper technique for placing and removing their bird from a cage, as well as overall proper handling.

“This year was difficult naming parts on the bird since we had stuffed bird and they aren’t as detailed,” said Dylan Seitner, who has been showing poultry for nine years. “It’s a little harder on the judge too since he doesn’t know what we breed, he can’t ask specific questions unless we tell him what we breed.”

Others also commented on how the fair and the judge both made the best out of an unfortunate situation.

“They kind of made the best situation out of the worst scenario,” said Adrianna Via, who has also been showing poultry for nine years. “I really do miss my chicken being out there. He calms me down. The judge is fantastic though, he found a way around it.”

Both Via and Scitner said their preparation for this year’s show involved more studying of various breeds to widen their knowledge for the interview with the judge.

Poultry was not allowed to be auctioned off either, so donations were solicited from various businesses and various other avenues. The money raised will be distributed evenly to all poultry participants.

Here are the results from poultry showmanship:

Poultry Grand Showman of Showmen — Adrianna Via

Poultry Reserve Showman of Showmen — Dylan Seitner

17 and over:

Winner — Dylan Seitner

Second — Suzanne Kimball

15 & 16 year olds:

Winner — Ady Via

Second — Johnny Cottingim

13 & 14 year olds:

Winner — Breanna Via

Second — Chyann Kendel

11 & 12 year olds:

Winner — Angelica McKee

Second — Lynnlee Voge

Eight, Nine and 10 year olds:

Winner — Paige Lee

Second — Bonnie Blevins

Adrianna Via, who was awarded the Poultry Grand Showman of Showmen, speaks with the judge during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_poultry-1.jpgAdrianna Via, who was awarded the Poultry Grand Showman of Showmen, speaks with the judge during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken. Jeremy Erskine | The Register-Herald

A 4-H participant demonstrates the proper techniuqe for placing a chicken inside its cage during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_poultry-2.jpgA 4-H participant demonstrates the proper techniuqe for placing a chicken inside its cage during the poultry showmanship on Monday, August 3. There was a statewide ban on showing poultry at county and state fairs, so poultry exhibitors had to make due and show off a stuffed bird in lieu of a real chicken. Jeremy Erskine | The Register-Herald

By Jeremy Erskine

jerskine@civitasmedia.com

Jeremy Erskine may be reached at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

Jeremy Erskine may be reached at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

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