Win Big At the TN Poultry Club Spring Show!
By Tom Seest
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If you’ve ever been to a 4-H Fair, you’ve probably seen the Lawrence Co. Poultry Club’s annual spring poultry show. This show is a great opportunity to showcase your birds and raise funds for local food charities. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
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The Tennessee Lawrence Co. 4-H Poultry Program holds its annual Spring Poultry Show to honor its members and their animals. Some of the county’s 4-H members have devoted eight years of their lives to this program. They show their poultry on a local and state level and teach youth about poultry through various presentations.
To participate in the event, 4-H members must register their poultry through the county Extension Office. Market chicken project books can be purchased through the club or from the Extension Office. Those wishing to participate in Fancy Poultry should submit their forms by June 1.
In addition to showing poultry, these members also demonstrate arts and crafts and food preservation. Atkinson-Leaneagh has been involved in 4-H for nine years. She hopes to attend college and study political science or law. During her 4-H years, she became involved in her community and enjoyed helping others in need.
In addition to showing their poultry, the members of the 4-H Poultry Program also attend National 4-H Congress. For the last two years, Garrett Thompson, who is a high school junior, focused on the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project. She has won numerous awards and received high honors for her achievements. She has participated in poultry and livestock judging competitions and served as a regional All-Star Scribe. She is also the vice president of the Wilson County 4-H Honor Club. Her efforts have benefitted her community and the 4-H program.
Several young women from the county have also received awards. Among them is Hayden Galloway, who won the Level II Consumer Education and Economics Project. She volunteered with nonprofit organizations in her community, including hosting workshops for heart defect babies and the food bank. She has also taken part in her local 4-H club and completed personal development and photography projects.
For her part, the 4-H program has also helped her become a better leader. She is now a part of the Honor Club and Project Group of the Madison County 4-H Program. She is committed to serving others and credits 4-H with keeping her accountable.
Hannah Freeland is another member of the 4-H program. She has participated in 4-H for five years and has developed her artistic and technical skills. She has participated in a summer sewing camp for five years. She even created her own prom dress and is active in her church’s youth programs.
A growing segment of local agriculture, poultry is growing in the Lawrence Co. 4-H Poultry Program. In fact, Aviagen has several houses in the county, and the organization hopes to build more. Extension staff also work with small farmers in the area by providing education and support. They also offer programs such as the Master Gardener program, which includes classroom instruction and volunteer hours for community beautification.
The 4-H Poultry Program is proud of its members. Its members have diverse interests, including livestock judging and dairy projects. Their outstanding achievements have earned them recognition and awards from the state and national levels. Among their accomplishments is Jana Owen’s national beef project, which won state and national livestock judging competitions. She has also won the National Livestock Quiz Bowl and served as a county 4-H Honor Club officer. In addition, she is a member of the Central Region All-Star Council.
Tennessee 4-H Fairs are known for their Poultry Shows, and the 2022 Lawrence County 4-H Fair will host one of the biggest. This event is a great opportunity for local youth to learn about poultry and other farm animals. You can attend the show and get involved by entering your poultry.
Organizers of the Tennessee Lawrence Co. Poultry Show and Sale encourage poultry owners in the region to display their birds. The show will feature several different types of poultry. These exhibits range from Buff Orpington hens to Barred Rock hens. The show is open to the public and free to attend.
Those interested in poultry shows are encouraged to participate in 4-H poultry projects. These projects are a great way to introduce poultry to children. They can learn about poultry nutrition, raising chickens, and preparing eggs for consumption. They will also develop teamwork skills and improve interpersonal skills.
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