Our North Carolina Delegation at the 2012 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference –
Youth From Across the State Represent North Carolina
At National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
North Carolina was well represented at the 2012 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held November 14th & 15th in Louisville, Kentucky. The event was held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo. Ten 4-H’ers as well as Extension Agents, coaches, and parents, traveled to Louisville to participant in this annual event.
Representing North Carolina in the poultry judging contest was the state winning 4-H team from Randolph County. The team was comprised of Evan Gunter, Emma Wicker, Jonna Nance, and Alexandria Ketison. The team was coached by Dennis Wicker who was assisted by Dan Campeau, Area Specialized Poultry Agent. The team placed 13th in the nation. Team member Alexandria Ketison was 9th individual in the market egg division.
The North Carolina Avian Bowl team was coached by April Dillon, Extension Agent, 4-H from Lincoln County. Members of that team were: Gabrielle Venturini from Wilkes County, Emma Isom from Lincoln County, and Nathaniel White from Rutherford County. The team placed 7th in the nation.
Other State 4-H’er winners representing North Carolina included: Alex Linton, Wayne County, participating in Turkey Barbeque and placing 3rd, Joseph Perkins, Lincoln County, participating in Chicken Barbeque and placing 6th, and Anna Venturini, Wilkes County, participating in Egg Preparation and placing 6th in the nation.
All conference attendees participated in pre-competition tours of Louisville which included stops at Church Hill Downs and The Louisville Slugger Bat Factory. They enjoyed pizza and bowling on Wednesday night as they mingled with other participants from across the nation. The event concluded Thursday night at the awards banquet where winners were recognized.
I would like to personally thank the sponsors of all the 4-H Youth Poultry Programs that make our state competitions and this trip possible. They include the North Carolina Poultry Federation, NC Egg Association, Carolina Farm Credit, and the Wilkes Area Poultry Association.
Kathy Bunton, Area Specialized Agent, Poultry & 4-H Youth Programs Coordinator, North Carolina Cooperative Extension