XENIA — Hunter Richards almost didn’t enter the Poultry Showmanship competition at the Greene County Fair on Tuesday.
“I really didn’t want to,” the 14-year-old from Jamestown said. “All of my friends said they didn’t like it.”
But she ignored her friends and entered anyway and was more than pleased with the results, winning the Beginner division.
“It feels great,” she said.
The competition wasn’t just for the birds, however. Tim Bowles, a 21-year veteran judge, quizzed the entrants about their fowl knowledge. And the older the kids are, the tougher the questions get.
Richards, who represented Buc-a-roo 4-H, was queried as to the types of feathers on her bird, among other topics.
“A lot of it I knew,” she said.
She became involved in 4-H four yeas ago at the urging of a friend. This friend she listened to and now she’s hooked.
“I just love these chickens,” she said. Her face lit up when asked if she will continue to enter competitions this week with one of her several birds.
“I just really like showing off my chickens,” she said.
Poultry Showmanship is not specific to any type of bird. Some entered ducks, while others entered meat chickens and others had egg layers.
The Beginner Division was for first-time entrants in showmanship, regardless of age. Kelsey Merriman was second, followed by Chynna Spitler, Alivia Senne and Hayden Falvey.
The Junior Division (8 to 10-year-olds) was won by Ella Dudley, followed by Sam Steck, Caleb Allen, Will Paris and Abby Paris.
Emma Ryan won the Intermediate Division (11-13). Devan Lapchynski was second, Jhett Peck third, Brett Russell fourth and Jonathan Dudley fifth.
Allison Rapp won the Senior Division (14-years-old and up), Jordan Gerhardt was second, Nathan Russell third, Missy Kelleher fourth and Alix Paris fifth.
Prior to the showmanship competition, the turkey show took place. Allison Bogan had the grand champion turkey while Lapchynski had the reserve grand champion (second place).