Youth Market Turkey Show
About the Youth Market Turkey Show
New Show Date
The 2021 NC State Fair has made adjustments to the livestock show schedules (please see the update from NC State Fair Livestock Shows below). The need to utilize existing permanent structures will result in a change to the 2021 YMTS schedule as well.
2021 Youth Market Turkey Show Weigh In of birds will be Wednesday, October 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2021 Youth Market Turkey Show Event will be Thursday, October 7 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our participants and their families, and please know, your continued patience is appreciated during these unprecedented times.
N.C. State Fair Updates
April 14, 2021 – from State Fair Division
Many of you have been wondering about the status for the 2021 NC State Fair Livestock Shows. We are planning for 2021, however it will be in a modified format. The Show Schedule will not be back to “normal” or as it looked prior to 2020. With the cancellation of not only the 2020 State Fair, but also many of the other revenue generating events the fairgrounds hosts, the State Fair is not able to financially support the Youth Livestock Shows in 2021. The cost of operating the show, and any awards or premiums now relies solely on entry fees, sponsorships, donations and other fundraising efforts. In order to reduce out of pocket fixed costs, we have worked to utilize existing permanent facilities on the grounds. This has a huge impact in reducing expenses related to rental housing facilities that traditionally have been used. Unfortunately, we realize that this means that species will have to be spread out over the course of the fair, and earlier. A schedule is listed below to aid in how you may plan which species you may decide on showing for your projects this year.
2021 Youth Market Turkey Show T-shirt Design Contest
Feb 17, 2021 T-shirt Design Contest Update
Thank you to all participants who submitted designs for the 2021 YMTS T-shirt. The T-shirt Design Contest is closed for 2021. We are currently judging these entries, and all participants will receive notification of the result by email before end of the month.
Calling all artists and/or poultry enthusiasts! Submit the winning T-shirt design for the 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show T-shirt and win a free registration and T-shirt to the 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show. Submit your designs to Mary Fosnaught, Poultry Youth Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sketch or handwritten design is acceptable. We’re looking for designs that promote youth, turkeys, North Carolina and/or the N.C. State Fair. Preference will be given for designs that can incorporate all contestant’s last names.
Submit designs by February 15, 2021 to Mary Fosnaught.
Congratulations to the 2020 T-shirt design winner, Camille Clark!
Youth Market Turkey Show Youth Ambassador Program
The 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show is looking to fill the volunteer position for the Youth Market Turkey Show 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 YMTS 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 N.C. State Fair.
Please provide nominations for the 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show Youth Ambassador to Mary Fosnaught at email@example.com. .
Congratulations to our first and 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show Ambassador, Maggie Blevins from Davidson County. She did a terrific job under most unusual circumstances!
Drop Off/Weigh In – October 6*, 2021, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each participant’s turkey can be dropped off at location TBD anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Drive into the fairgrounds through Gate 2 on Hillsborough St. to drop off turkeys. When you arrive at Gate 2, signage will indicate where you will need to go.
Your bird with be checked for health and weighed. Your turkeys must be transported with bedding like shavings/straw (non-slick surface) to prevent slipping. Birds with infections or weighing less than 15 lbs. will not be accepted for show and will be returned to the exhibitor. Once birds are accepted, they will be numbered with a leg band and put in their cage. You will be asked to bring feed and water and provide it for your bird.
Turkey Show – October 7, 2021, 8 a.m.
The 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show is on Friday, October 15, 2021. The show starts at 8:00 a.m. in a location TBD.
Registration for the 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show is now closed.
If registered for the 2021 show (and not wait-listed), an invoice will be sent out by March 5, 2021. Please contact Angela Morgan, PDPS Business Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received an invoice. To submit payment for registration, please mail a check or money order with a copy of the invoice to:
NC State University
ATTN: Angela Morgan/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.
Turkey Show Information
Poult Pick-up for the 2021 Youth Market Turkey Show will be June 29 and 30, 2021.
A schedule for pick-up will be sent to participants. If you have questions, please contact Mary Fosnaught.
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.
In the past, when parents brought their children to Poult Pick-up, they may have provided their child’s Social Security Number (SSN), full legal name and address to N.C. State Fair personnel (Cheryl Jenkins and Carol Grant); this information is necessary in order for the state to issue prize monies. This year such information will only be collected through the state fair livestock group using Blue Ribbon Systems during the summer.
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?
Preparing for the Show
Prior to birds coming to the state fairgrounds for the Youth Market Turkey Show, you should do the following:
Weigh your bird
Each bird must weigh a minimum of 15 lbs. If your bird does not make weight, it will be sent home. Your 15 week old Tom is expected to weigh 26-30 lbs. A bird almost 50% of its target weight indicates a disease and/or welfare issue. A bathroom scale can be used to weigh your birds at home.
Check Birds for Disease
Bathe your bird
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.
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.
University of New Hampshire
A special thanks to the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at NC State University for making this event possible.
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