The Washington County Ag Expo and Fair’s second ever poultry show — and the first to feature turkeys — brought young 4-H/FFA competitors aged 8 to 18 together to showcase their prize birds.
Skyler Slimmer, 11, of Myersville won four titles in the competition, including first place for her light-weight turkey, which also was named reserve grand champion overall turkey; first place for her poultry showmanship in the junior class; and grand champion in the large poultry grouping for her Silver Cockerel.
Skyler, who will start sixth grade at Middletown Middle School in the fall, is one of Patti and Chris Slimmer’s three daughters, two of whom have been competing at this year’s expo.
“(Skyler) does all the poultry. That’s her thing,” Chris Slimmer said of his middle daughter.
She also competed in the swine competition earlier this week.
Skyler said her favorite thing about the chickens and turkeys is playing and running around with them.
“I definitely like the chickens ... better than the turkeys,” she said, laughing.
Skyler said she didn’t expect to do so well this year, and she plans to come back next year.
Hannah Reed, a junior at Clear Spring High School, knows the ropes by now.
The 15-year-old has been involved with 4-H for three years.
“I’ve shown goats, pigs, lambs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, dairy cattle,” Hannah said.
Hannah won second place in the senior class poultry showmanship competition.
She had three bantams and one FFA chicken, Hannah said.
She also showed swine on Monday and dairy cattle on Tuesday.
“My favorite part is the goat show,” Hannah said. “I have 40-plus goats at my house.”
Aiden Musser won breed awards for his two Australorp and one Cochin chicken.
The 10-year-old Martinsburg resident also had a goat at the expo, as well as some home arts exhibits, including vegetables, photography and art.
Aiden earned the titles of grand champion for his green beans and reserve grand champion for his photography, according to his mother, Kathleen, who participated in 4-H while growing up.
“Photography is something that he’s been getting really into,” she said of her son, who is homeschooled.
Aiden also won second place in the junior showmanship poultry contest.