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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.

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 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.

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.

Important Dates

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.


Thank you for registering for the 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show. Registration is now full. It was open on March 2, 2020 at 9 a.m. Upon reaching a maximum number of registrants and waitlisted participants, the registration form is now closed. A confirmation email will be sent out on March 3, 2020 to confirm youth that are registerd and those that are waitlisted.

If you were one of the first 300 to register, your registration will be confirmed pending payment. If you registered after the first 300, your registration will be waitlisted, and you will be notified via email if your status changes. Due to cancellations and nonpayments, many individuals will come off of the waitlist.

If you are registered, you will need to submit payment by April 1, 2020 (see next section “Fees”). If you are waitlisted, you will be contacted by April 15 as to your status (that is, if you have been removed from the waitlist). At this time, waitlisted participants moved to registered status will be asked to submit registration payment by April 30, 2020.

To assist you with completing the registration form when it is live (3/2/20 at 9 a.m.), the following information will be required. This is the same information as collected in previous years with the addition of Agree to Terms of Payment (item #12)

1) Name of person filling out registration form
2) Email Address of Person Filling out the Registration Form
3) Email Address (of PARENT or legal guardian)
4) Full Legal Name of YOUTH Participant – First, Middle, Last, and Suffix (Same as name on participant’s social security card – this is a requirement by the State Fair Office for the participant to receive an award check.)
5) County of YOUTH participant
6) Physical Address of YOUTH participant
7) City (part of Physical Address of YOUTH participant)
8) State  (part of Physical Address of YOUTH participant)
9) Zip Code  (part of Physical Address of YOUTH participant)
10) Age Category (based on age as of June 1, 2020)
11) How many poults would you like?
12) I understand and agree to pay $15 for this registration. I also understand that if payment is not received within 30 days, registration may be forfeited.
Registration filled last year within two hours. Once registration is full, another 50 registrations will be accepted on a waitlist condition. After the waitlist is full, the registration form will be closed.
The waitlisted group will be notified in 45 days if they will be removed from the waitlist. If so, they will then be asked to submit registration payment at this time.


To submit payment for registration, please mail a check or money order 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 18 and 19, 2020

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 SSNs?
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.



Game Bird Guidelines
Southern States Feed Guidelines
Aviagen Turkeys Feeding Recommendations for Commercial Stock


Raising Turkeys
University of New Hampshire


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