In conjunction with Ohio 4-H and FFA, the Ohio State Fair has announced its junior poultry exhibition plans for 2015, including the opportunity for all of Ohio’s junior poultry exhibitors to have the chance to participate in the Sale of Champions.

Youth Exhibition

To begin, junior poultry exhibitors will be able to highlight their poultry knowledge at the Ohio State Fair in two different ways:

  1. Avian Bowl (located off-site at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Saturday, July 25 at 8:30 am); the deadline to enter at ohiostatefair.com is July 1
  2. Skillathon (Wednesday, August 5, 10 am – 1 pm; awards ceremony at 4 pm)
    • Skillathon is open to all junior (4-H and FFA) market and breeding chicken, turkey and waterfowl exhibitors in Ohio
    • In the absence of a traditional poultry show, all poultry skillathon premiums will be increased for 2015 only. The winner of each age group class will receive the following premiums:
      • First place winner – $225
      • Second place winner – $175
      • Third place winner – $155
    • For 2015 only, skillathon participants who register in advance will receive free admission for themselves and a parent or guardian, for a total of 2 free admission tickets. The deadline to register at ohiostatefair.com is July 13. Walk-in skillathon participants are welcome, but complimentary admission tickets will only be provided to those who register on or before July 13.
    • The top winner in each age group will be invited to represent the poultry industry in the Sale of Champions on Sunday, August 9 at 2 p.m. In addition, each winner will receive a belt buckle and an additional $100 premium above and beyond their winning skillathon premium.

Sale of Champions

In 2015, the poultry industry will be showcased in the Sale of Champions with one combined exhibit to represent all market and breeding chicken, turkey and waterfowl exhibitors (rather than selling the Grand Champion Market Chicken, Reserve Grand Champion Market Chicken, and Grand Champion Market Turkey, which will not be in the 2015 Sale.) This exhibit will be represented by the top youth skillathon winners in each age group for a total of 10 winners (age 9, age 10, age 11, age 12, age 13, age 14, age 15, age 16, age 17, age 18). These winners will receive a belt buckle and an additional $100 premium above and beyond their winning skillathon premium.

Since the poultry industry is usually represented by market animals, this year’s change will allow youth exhibitors who may otherwise never have the chance to be a part of the Sale of Champions to compete for their chance in the spotlight. Specifically, breeding chickens, breeding turkeys and waterfowl have not previously been a part of the Sale of Champions. We are hopeful to return to the previous Sale of Champions format in 2016.

All funds raised in the Sale of Champions will go directly to the Youth Reserve Program; there will be no cap. The buyer of the poultry exhibit will receive one fresh or frozen turkey and four fresh or frozen whole chickens courtesy of the Ohio Poultry Breeders Association.