A love for poultry shows


William and Sam Weidel of Jamestown.


Cole Dehaven of Cedarville.


Natalie Jones | Greene County News The Overall Reserve Champion was Grace Bond.


The Overall Grand Champion was Harley Thompson.


By Natalie Jones

For Greene County News

XENIA — The turkey show started bright and early at the Greene County Fair.

Competing against and supporting each other can be difficult at times, but Cole Dehaven and William and Sam Weidel do it very well.

All three love showing turkeys and all three do non-livestock projects as well.

The judge wasn’t judging on the way they showed the turkey but on the width and length of the breast and the overall quality of the bird.

Dehaven and the Weidels said they show turkeys because “they are different and funny looking.”

For the judge to judge a turkey the contestant must flip it upside down. Flipping the turkeys is one of the most challenging tasks.

“When flipping a turkey, you must practice constantly to make sure it doesn’t puke,” said all three competitors.

Turkeys can be a lot of work: washing, walking, brushing, and feeding continuously. They can even be sloppy and messy.

In the end Cole Dehaven said, “It’s really worth it — worth the effort.”

The three boys encourage others to get involved in turkey showing because they are fun to show as well as good money.

Dehaven won third in his class.

William took second and Sam won fourth in their class.

William and Sam Weidel of Jamestown.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_BrothersTurkeys.jpgWilliam and Sam Weidel of Jamestown.

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Cole Dehaven of Cedarville.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DehavenTurkey.jpgCole Dehaven of Cedarville.

Natalie Jones | Greene County News The Overall Reserve Champion was Grace Bond.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_OverallReserve.jpgNatalie Jones | Greene County News The Overall Reserve Champion was Grace Bond.

The Overall Grand Champion was Harley Thompson.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_OverallWinner.jpgThe Overall Grand Champion was Harley Thompson.

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