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Feathers Fly: the Battle for Top Prize In South Dakota Poultry Show

By Tom Seest

Who Will Win At the South Dakota Poultry Show?

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Located at the South Dakota State Fair, the Poultry Show has a long history and has been around for almost a century. The first South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show was held in 1885, and Reynold Loecker won the competition. Since then, poultry shows have expanded. Today, poultry is one of the largest categories, with over 400 varieties of chickens to choose from.

Who Will Win At the South Dakota Poultry Show?

Who Will Win At the South Dakota Poultry Show?

Who is Reynold Loecker and How Did His Donation Impact the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

For the past five decades, Reynold Loecker has been showing chickens and mentoring youth in the poultry show. His Bantam chicken is no exception, winning all six sections in the Bantam Chicken Division and the best bird of the fair. He also teaches youth about poultry production and encourages them to join 4H. Listed below are some of the highlights of his latest poultry showing success.

Who is Reynold Loecker and How Did His Donation Impact the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

Who is Reynold Loecker and How Did His Donation Impact the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

What Makes the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show a Must-See Event?

If you enjoy seeing poultry and farming, you’ll want to donate to the South Dakota State Fair’s poultry show. You can donate livestock, grain, or cash. There are even opportunities for matching gifts and memorial gifts. A pledge form is available on the fair’s website. The show runs Sept. 1-5 in Huron, South Dakota.
This year, the State Fair’s poultry program may be in jeopardy as avian flu continues to spread across the country. Fair officials and exhibitors are debating whether to cancel the event or continue as planned. The State Fair has four months until it opens, so organizers have time to make an informed decision. Last year, more than 2,100 poultry were displayed by exhibitors. These birds are prized because they represent the best of their breeds.

What Makes the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show a Must-See Event?

What Makes the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show a Must-See Event?

Ready to Flock to the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

While plans for the South Dakota State Fair poultry show building have been underway for a year, the project is facing some setbacks. Among these are the rising costs of building a new building and the need for more than $6 million in funding. Regardless of these challenges, the state fair is hopeful that the new building can be completed and opened by the 2022 South Dakota State Fair.
However, the Red River Valley Fair has already announced plans to cancel their poultry show due to the ongoing bird flu outbreak. The outbreak has led to the death of nearly 26 million chickens and turkeys across the country. North Dakota, where the poultry show was being held, has already reported two cases of bird flu. As a result, the state fair’s Board of Animal Health has prohibited poultry movement to any events.
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation has announced plans for an expanded 4-H Livestock Complex to provide more space for livestock. The new livestock complex will feature species-specific barns across the grounds and address concerns about livestock transport safety. The construction site will be closed during the state fair this year, but signage will be placed around the complex.
While horse entries at the state fair have decreased in recent years, overall horse activity in the fairground complex remains healthy. The fairgrounds also host a major horse event a couple of days before the fair. While the proposed building is not expected to boost attendance figures, it should be a welcome addition to the fair.
The new complex will feature two rodeo arenas and a new poultry show building. It will also be able to host open-class beef competitions as well as 4-H events. Adding these features will increase the safety of livestock and provide additional revenue to the city of Huron.

Ready to Flock to the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

Ready to Flock to the South Dakota State Fair Poultry Show?

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