West Feliciana 4-H club members Andrew Godke, Ashleigh Godke, Emery Godke and Madison Pollet competed at the 108th state fair in the Junior Poultry Show with their livestock.
Pollet won second place in intermediate showmanship and Reserve Champion Bird in the Asiatic Class, Ashley Godke won first place in Junior Poultry Showmanship and Reserve Champion Bird in the Feather Legged Class and Andre Godke won first place Black Silky.
Louisiana’s State Fair in Shreveport is considered the largest livestock show and one of the largest carnivals, according to organizers.
Lasting for three weeks — Oct. 21-Nov. 9 — the state fair includes a junior show and open show for 4-H club members.
Youths and teens from around the state compete against one another in hopes of winning a championship, said Meredith DeLee, assistant extension agent for West Feliciana Parish.
“Win or lose, they always have a fun time, along with an irreplaceable educational experience,” DeLee said.
The 4-H members, along with help from Jamie Lavergne, of Ascension Parish, also brought home the first place trophy in the Poultry Quiz Bowl.
“These were great accomplishments at the major state-wide events,” DeLee said.
The West Feliciana 4-H’ers also showed animals at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Livestock Show on Oct. 22-Nov. 1, which has been around since 1965 and hosts a livestock show for youths.
“This livestock show, though significantly smaller in size, is an additional opportunity for kids to exhibit their livestock projects in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning for the exhibitors, as well as the animals,” DeLee said. “This is often the first show of the season for many exhibitors.”
Owen Brouillette, of West Feliciana, took part in the Junior Dairy Show the Baton Rouge fair and exhibited his registered Jersey cow and commercial dairy heifer.
Brouillette was awarded Champion Best Fitted, Champion Junior Showman and Reserve Grand Champion Jersey, DeLee said.