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Youth Market Turkey Show

About the Youth Market Turkey Show

The Youth Market Turkey Show is an opportunity for youth to raise and show market turkeys. The 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show will be held during the N.C. State Fair. The competition is open to any NC youth between 5-18 who will be in grades K-12 on the day of the show.

Holiday Donation Turkeys to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Give a Youth Market Turkey Show bird that Gives Back!

To order a youth raised bird, please go to Papa Spud’s, a farm to fork delivery service, webpage.

2020 Youth Market Turkey Show T-shirt Design Contest

Calling all artists and/or poultry enthusiasts! Submit the winning T-shirt design for the 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show T-shirt and win a free registration and T-shirt to the 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show. Submit your designs to Mary Fosnaught, Poultry Youth Programs, at A sketch or handwritten design is acceptable. Looking for designs that promote youth, turkeys, North Carolina, or state fair. Preference will be given for designs that can incorporate all contestant’s last names.

New Youth Market Turkey Show Youth Ambassador Program

The 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show will be launching a Youth Ambassador program. This volunteer opportunity will be for one high school student each year and is designed for the youth to expand poultry science awareness, to develop outreach and networking skills, and to assist with creating more dynamic and engaging youth programming. The program will follow a calendar year from January – December taking the youth from start to finish of the yearly Y.M.T.S. program. The youth will have monthly zoom meetings with the poultry youth faculty mentor and will assist with major events of the program including registration, T-shirt development, poult pickup, show weigh in, and Youth Market Turkey Show at the state fair. Written nominations for the next year’s  Youth Market Turkey Show Youth Ambassador can be sent to Mary Fosnaught at during November and December of the year prior to the next Ambassador program calendar year.

Congratulations to our First Youth Market Turkey Show Ambassador

Our first Youth Market Turkey Show Ambassador for 2020 will be Maggie Blevins. Maggie Blevins is a Junior from Davidson County.

Drop Off/Weigh In – October 14, 2020, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Each participant’s hen can be dropped off at the Poultry Tent anytime between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on October 14, 2020. Drive into the fairgrounds through Gate 4 on Youth Center Drive to drop off all livestock.

Once in the Poultry Tent, birds will be weighed, numbered with a leg band and put in their cage. Each participant will receive an entry ticket and parking pass to be used on Friday, the day of the turkey show when the fair will be open.

T-shirts will be available to purchase on Wednesday and Friday.

Turkey Show – October 16, 2020, 8 a.m.

The 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show is on Friday, October 16, 2020. The show starts at 8 a.m.


Registration is now CLOSED. Registration is full. Please email Mary Fosnaught to help us track interest for future programs.


To submit payment for registration, please mail a check to:  

NC State University
ATTN:  Chelsey Coleman/YMTS
Campus Box 7608
Raleigh, NC  27695.

The name of the youth to be registered needs to be included with the check. Registration is $15/youth. A group check from a county office is acceptable if all registrants’ names are included.

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Turkey Show Information

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Poult Pick-Up

Poult Pick-up for the 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show will be June 26 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pick up poults at the NC State Animal and Poultry Teaching Unit at 3841 Inwood Road (off of Lake Wheeler Road) in Raleigh, NC  27603.

If you are a parent bringing your child to Poult Pick-up, please bring your child’s Social Security Number (SSN), full legal name and address to Poult Pick-up. This year, Cheryl Jenkins and Carol Grant, N.C. State Fair personnel, will be at Poult Pick-up to collect this information, which is required in order for the state to issue a check for prize monies.

If you do not want to provide your child’s SSN, you may sign a form agreeing that you are opting to not receive prize monies.

University policy prohibits employees from handling SSNs. If you are an agent picking up poults for youth, those participants will need to have their parents call Cheryl Jenkins (919.839.4522) or Carol Grant (919.839.4531) at the N.C. State Fair office between July 1 and September 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and provide the SSN of their child and verify their full legal name and address.

Courtesy of the NC State University Feed Mill Education Unit, each participant will receive 5 lbs. of feed to get the birds off to a good start.

Please bring a cardboard box with you for transporting poults.

Poult Pick-Up Questions

To help make the poult pick-up process easy, see our Q&A:

QUESTION:  Is this where we normally pick up poults?  

Yes, poults will be picked up in the Poultry Teaching Unit which is the same place as previous years. However, the address was listed as 3901 Inwood Road, and the actual address is 3841 Inwood Road (3901 is the swine unit next door; Poultry Teaching Unit is first building on the left after turning onto Inwood Road).
QUESTION:  I am a 4-H Leader picking up poults for my club members. How do I handle SSN’s?
Parents will need to call N.C. State Fair personnel (Cheryl Jenkins at 919.839.4522 or Carol Grant at 919.839.4531) between July 1 and September 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to provide SSN and verification of full legal name and address of their child. University policy prohibits employees from handling SSNs.

Turkey Show Location

The Youth Market Turkey Show is in the Poultry Tent next to Gate 2 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

View the map and download or print a copy.

Turkey Judging

Participants are evaluated on the overall weight of their turkeys, the muscling in the breast and legs and how well each participant has taken care of their bird.

See how turkeys get judged with this video (1:54) featuring Dr. Carm Parkhurst.



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Southern States Feed Guidelines
Aviagen Turkeys Feeding Recommendations for Commercial Stock


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A special thanks to the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at NC State University for making this event possible.

Thank you to Prestage Farms and Butterball for providing poults for each participant.

For additional information contact

Dr. Mary Fosnaught
4-H & Youth Development Extension Associate
NC State Extension
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5529