Personable poultry adds to Missouri State Poultry Association Fall Show

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Approximately 72 exhibitors, youth through adult, placed 700 entries in Saturday’s Missouri State Poultry Association Fall Show on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.Perusing the trophies in the Poultry and Rabbit Building where Hugh Griggs, 11, of Lawrence, Kansas, holding his Dominique bantam named Pops, Carson Steckler, 10, of Odessa, holding his drake pastel calling duck, Donald, and Trace Doughty, of West Plains, holding his white silkie pullet named Sunshine.They boys said they had already won ribbons for other poultry. Griggs had received Reserve ribbon for his rose comb cockerel, Steckler a best overall Grand Champion for his female pastel calling duck and Doughty received Reserve in the feather leg category.

Ava Brohammer, 6, her sister Ellie Brohammer, 8, both of Troy, and friend Keirsten Klaus, 11, of Foristell, were waiting for the judging. Ava and Ellie both held Polish chickens, crowned with fluffy feather plumes on their heads, while Keirsten held a small, delicate old English Bantam.“It’s about fun and learning,” said Lauren Brohammer, Ava and Ellie’s mother. “It’s about the chickens and the showing, they love chickens.”Brohammer said the family has three acres near Troy where they have a hobby farm of both goats and chickens. She added that both her daughters would soon be involved in 4-H.

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This was Ava and Ellie’s first show and Keirsten’s third show.“We started because we like chickens,” said Sherry Klaus, Keirsten’s mother. “I started breeding them, I breed them and I show them. My daughter really picked up on it when I took her to her first show. She wanted to start showing her own poultry.”Klaus, who raises silkie and Americana chickens, said they planned to enter two other shows this year, one in Arkansas and one in Tennessee.

“She shows Americanas too, …


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