Unpacking the Hype Of Washington’s Stevenson Poultry Classic
By Tom Seest
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If you’re considering attending a poultry show in the Pacific Northwest, Washington, The Stevenson Poultry Classic is a good choice. The event is held in Stevenson, WA, and features the “Special Meet” of the American Buttercup Club. This event features both large fowl and bantam birds. The American Buttercup Club even had custom ribbons printed with the club’s logo. Although Buttercups are a rare breed, two exhibitors entered fifteen birds of the rare breed. In contrast, more popular breeds have dozens of birds entered.
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The American Buttercup Club hosted a “Special Meet” at the 1919 Philadelphia Poultry Show, which was open to the public. It featured talks by Mr. John G. Jack, as well as informal flower shows. In 1920, the Club added a second show.
The club promotes the Sicilian Buttercup breed of chickens. It organizes shows and events and provides breeder directories and information about the breed. At its recent “Special Meet” at a Washington State Poultry Show, the American Buttercup Club ordered custom ribbons featuring the club logo.
Members were able to ask questions about gardening and receive answers from fellow members. They were even awarded medals and awards for the best color schemes and plant arrangements. It was an exciting and memorable event for everyone who attended. The event attracted members from around the country.
Garden clubs are encouraged to send delegates to the Conference. In addition, the District Nurse Associations of Augusta and Albemarle Counties received a grant to host the event. The special event was also open to the public. Fletcher Steele, a renowned gardener from Boston, was the speaker.
In addition to promoting Buttercups, the club also promotes native plants and bird-friendly gardens. The group hosts meetings, exhibits, and field days. Among the events held in 1921 were an aster exhibit and a Native Wild Flower and Fern field day.
In the fall, poultry shows are the first opportunity for young show birds to show off their skills. Most breeders do not attend shows while their birds are young, as they are often too busy with breeding and raising the young birds. Young show birds are typically ready to show around six to eight months of age. This is the perfect time for the show since the birds are generally warm and have just shed their old feathers.
In the fall, the season for poultry shows starts. Although most breeders begin raising young birds in the spring, the best time to enter the show is during the fall. By then, the birds will be six to eight months old and will be ready to compete. They are also in peak condition to show throughout the winter. Most adult birds, however, molt during the summer.
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