Youth Market Turkey Show
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Apply for the 2023 NC State Fair
If you have shown a turkey at the Youth Market Turkey Show, you are eligible to apply for the NC State Fair Livestock Scholarship each year you are enrolled at an institute of higher learning at a minimum of 9-course hours per semester. This includes community colleges and technical schools. You may receive this scholarship a maximum of four times. Applications due by March 1, 2023.
*Look for applications on NC State Fair website
2023 YMTS T-shirt Design Contest
The winning design will be announced soon. Thank you to all who submitted their artwork.
Congratulations to our past T-shirt Design Winners:
2023 YMTS T-shirt design co-winners: Meredith Poole and Valerie Poole
2022 YMTS T-shirt design winner: Ava Proctor
2021 YMTS T-shirt design winner: John Tucker
2020 YMTS T-shirt design winner: Camille Clark
2023 YMTS Pen Sign Contest
YMTS Youth Ambassador Program
Congratulations to our first Youth Market Turkey Show Ambassador, Maggie Blevins from Davidson County for the year 2020. She did a terrific job under most unusual circumstances! Each year, we are looking for 1-2 youth to be Ambassadors. Please nominate an outstanding youth that would like to learn more about the inner workings of Poultry Youth Programming.
YMTS Weigh In – October 4, 2023, Wed, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each participant’s turkey can be dropped off at the State Fairgrounds Kelley Building between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; the date will be finalized by TBD. Drive into the fairgrounds through Gate 4 on Youth Center Drive to drop off turkeys. When you arrive at Gate 4, 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 12 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 pen. You will be asked to bring feed and water and provide it for your bird.
2023 Youth Market Turkey Show – October 5, 2023, 9 a.m.
The show starts at 9:00 a.m. in North Carolina State Fairgrounds Kelley Building
**Registration opens every year the 1st Tuesday in March at 9 a.m.**
The first day of the 2023 registration will be Tuesday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. Please be sure to have the following information for each participant: full legal name, county of residence, physical address including city, state, zip code, age, and T-shirt size. Please note, this year ages will be based on a January 1st cut-off (rather than June 1st cut-off used in past years).
The age divisions, based on age as of January* 1 are:
Lil’ Gobbler (5-8)
Registration for 2023 YMTS is now closed
all spots including waitlisted are full
A special thanks to the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at NC State University for helping to make this event possible.
Thank you to Aviagen for providing poults for each participant in 2022 YMTS.
For additional information contact
Dr. Mary Fosnaught