4-H has Poultry Show at Orangeburg County Fair
October 7, 2017 will stand out in the minds of several youth for a long time. It is the day that a few 4-H members were recognized for their hard work raising flocks of chickens. Youth were recognized for best Pullet Flock, Showmanship, Record Book completion, and participated in an interview as part of the Orangeburg Fair.
Connor Murdaugh of Hampton County won first place for his pullets, followed by Alayna and Lawson Weilnau of Beaufort County in second place. Byron Johnstone, also from Hampton County, took home the third place ribbon for his flock.
The youth also participated in poultry showmanship with the following awards. Connor Murdaugh: Cloverbud Award for Record Book and interview, Cloverbud Award for showmanship. Alayna Weilnau: Reserve Grand Champion for Record Book and Interview, and Grand Champion for Showmanship. Lawson Weilnau: Cloverbud Award for record Book, and Reserve Grand Champion for Showmanship. Byron Johnstone: 3rd place in Showmanship, and Grand Champion for Record Book and Interview. Dr. Mickey Hall from Clemson University officiated the show. Connor is the grandson of Marvin Murdaugh of Hampton. Alayna and Lawson are the children of Craig and Emilee Weilnau of Beaufort. Byron is a son of Kevin and Allison Johnstone of Estill.
The 4-H Poultry Project and Pullet Chain are among the animal science projects in which youth are able to participate. The Pullet Chain Project requires youth to raise chickens from newly hatched chicks to pre laying hens (pullets). During the project, youth learn how to care for their flock and record their progress in an official record book. During judging, youth are required to answer questions related to poultry and the project. The 4-H Pullet Chain and Poultry Project begin in early spring and conclude in the fall. This year, 12 youth participated in the Pullet Chain Project.
The origins of the Orangeburg County Fair can be traced as far back as 1911 when a group of citizens joined together to organize a county fair. Originally owned by 1588 shareholders, the fair included a football game which remained as part of the fair until 1961. Being that Agriculture was the livelihood of the economy, each township participated in competitions ranging from household goods and preserved foods to competition in all types of farm animals. Throughout history, the fair has continuously expanded to the current venue.
South Carolina 4-H is the youth-development arm of Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, healthy living, leadership and much more. Participation in South Carolina 4-H has grown more than 20 percent over the past two years. Last year, more than 104,400 young people in kindergarten through 12th grades participated in 4-H programming, and more than 4,000 volunteers committed their time to support 4-H programs and events. To learn more about SC4-H contact Dawn Stuckey, Hampton County 4-H Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-943-3427, ext. 112.
The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to any youth between the ages of 5-19 regardless of race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.