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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 2019 Youth Market Turkey Show will be held during the NC State Fair, with turkey hen check-in and show dates to be announced. The competition is open to any NC youth between 5-18 who will be in grades K-12 on the day of the show.



Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019 and continues until we reach our limit of 300 participants. There will be a wait-list option after the 300 participant limit is reached.

We are limited to 300 participants due to space at the State Fair and availability of turkey poults.

The first 300 participants who register online and pay the $10 registration fee by March 31, 2019 will have poults reserved.

Registration is mandatory to participate. Social security numbers are not necessary to register, but they will be required in order to receive prize money from the NC State Fair.

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 $10/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 2019 Youth Market Turkey Show will be June 13 & 14 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.

If you are an agent picking up poults for youth, university policy prohibits employees from handling SSNs so these youth will need to have their parents call either Cheryl Jenkins at 919.839.4522 or Carol Grant at 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

Questions that have been received and answers provided to help clarify the poult pick-up process.

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 actually 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?
     Would recommend to have parents call the NC State Fair personnel either Cheryl Jenkins at 919.839.4522 or Carol Grant at 919.839.4531 in the NC State Fair office between July 1 and September 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. providing SSN and verification of  full legal name and address of their child.

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