Cracking the Case: Inside the Georgia Bantam Club Poultry Show
By Tom Seest
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If you are curious about the annual fall poultry show in Northwest Georgia, you are in luck. There are plenty of things to know about the event. Here are some of the details. First, there are several types of breed events. Second, there are special breed events. And third, there are sponsors.
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During the fall and winter months, the Georgia Northwest Georgia Bantam Club holds special breed events for a variety of breeds. These events are free of charge and are held on Saturdays and Sundays at Wilma Smith’s in Hughesville. Each breed has its own rules and criteria for showing.
The show was originally scheduled to start Friday but was canceled because of COVID-19. This deadly virus has killed over 50 million chickens and turkeys and caused the precautionary slaughter of another 50 million turkeys. The outbreak killed about eight percent of the state’s turkey inventory.
The show requires that poultry be disease and parasite-free before entering. Poultry should also be dust-free before entering. Birds with signs of illness or lice will be disqualified. The fair also conducts inspections for cleanliness.
The show will also include a Lads and Lassies Contest. In order to enter this contest, the exhibitor must have a pair of yearling ewes and two ewe lambs. The entry deadline is July 1.
The Georgia Northwest Georgia Bantam Club is looking for sponsors to help them support the annual fall poultry show. The event is held in the town of Warner Robins and draws thousands of attendees and exhibitors. However, there are some concerns about the show’s future. The state is grappling with COVID-19, and it has affected poultry shows across the state, including the Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Association show, which was set to start Friday. The show was canceled last year because of the virus.
Several sponsors are stepping up their sponsorship efforts to support the show. This year, the show is supported by the Coweta County Farm Bureau. The event is a chance for local youth to show off their livestock. There is also a youth market livestock auction, where marketable animals are auctioned off. The goal is to attract a buyer who will bid enough to cover the exhibitor’s expenses.
Bonnie’s art prints will be available for sale, and she has created a special edition of each one. Jerry Scott was responsible for arranging the flowers in the show cages. He also arranged the flowers for Martha Stewart’s visit to CPAC.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture has suspended poultry shows and sales where poultry from multiple locations is grouped together. The Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Association was scheduled to host a show on Friday. The show was previously canceled last year due to COVID-19.
This year’s show was moved to Coweta County, Georgia. The event was rescheduled for September 27-28. A total of 700 birds were judged, and all were of excellent quality! The Champion Bantam was an S.C. Old Female shown by Dick Park, while Reserve Champions were BLK. ORPINGTON HEN – Powell; BLK. SUMATRA HEN – Krahe; and BLK. COCKEREL – Bensinger.
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