Penny rules the roost at Red Deer poultry show

a purebreed Chantecler chicken
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There was lots to squawk about at the recent Canadian National Poultry Show in Red Deer.

With more than 60 exhibitors from across Canada showing over 800 birds, it was the largest poultry show in Alberta history, said show supervisor Kyle Lawrence.

The Nov. 22-23 event, held in conjunction with the Urban Farm Show, attracted hundreds of visitors, but the real stars of the show were the young people who exhibited for the first time.

“This year’s youth show had lots of new exhibitors, which is great to see,” he said. “Youth involvement is the only way to ensure a positive future in agriculture.”

First-time exhibitor Justin Skeels from Rocky Mountain House won Champion Large Fowl with a Partridge Chantecler pullet named Penny.

“It was exciting to see a junior do well with a truly Canadian breed of chicken, the Chantecler — the only purebred breed of chicken created in Canada,” said Lawrence.

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Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a Red Deer-based reporter with a post-secondary education in professional writing and nearly 10 years of experience in corporate communications, policy development, and journalism. She's spent half of her career telling stories about an industry she loves for an audience she admires--the farmers who work every day to build a better agriculture industry in Alberta.



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