There were plenty of squawks, honks and quacks at the Wisconsin International Poultry Club (WIPC) show held at Portage on Sept. 27-28. Nearly 200 exhibitors had something to crow about as the Supreme Champion of the show was awarded to Bob Coulter on Buff Orpington pullet.
The choice by a panel of judges was a fitting punctuation mark in light of the fact that show featured the United Orpington Club’s national meet. Adult and junior breeders from throughout the Midwest exhibited nearly 2,000 birds of all different shape and color.
“The show is sanctioned by the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association,” explained Airling “Butch” Gunderson, Pardeeville, WIPC president.
“The birds are evaluated according to the Standard of Perfection by APA /ABA licensed judges,” continued Gunderson, a licensed judge himself. Judges for this year’s show included Don Nelson and Jerry Yeaw from Rhode Island, Dennis Thompson, Iowa, and Rick Poor, Pennsylvania, for the open show; and Dan Karasek and David Laatsch, Wisconsin, for the junior show.
Jim Grober, Muskego, showed the champion bantam, a Mille Fleuer D’Uccle hen. The reserve bantam went to David Laatsch, Beaver Dam, on a Single Comb Light Brown Leghorn pullet. The champion waterfowl, a Black East Indies duck, was exhibited by Lou Horton, West Chicago, Ill.
During the awards presentation, the club recognized Stock Manufacturing Co., Newton, and Bill and Joy Krueger, Manitowoc, with the Friends of the Fancy award, for special service to the poultry fancy.
But much of the focus of the show was the Junior Division where competitions stepped off in a flurry of activity.
Judge, Don Nelson, pointed out, “We can’t believe the strength of the youth program in Wisconsin. Back East, we would be happy with one fourth this number of juniors at our shows.”
Nearly 100 youth members of the APA/ABA youth program members competed in the show ring and various other events.
Martin Lasecki, Pulaski, exhibited the supreme champion of the Junior Show, a Black Muscovy drake. “A breeder gave me six ducklings at last year’s (WIPC) show. The champion was one of those ducklings,” he explained. Lasecki noted that that drake had sired several other champions this year.
Adam Meinert, West Bend, showed the champion large fowl, a White Plymouth Rock pullet. The champion bantam, a Black Cochin pullet was shown by the Kupper Kids of Union Grove.
The overall showmanship competition was won by Kristin Hildebrandt, Sturtevant. In addition to knowledge and handling their own birds, the showmen were asked to groom and prepare a bird for a show in 30 minutes.
Hildebrandt, who is also president of the Wisconsin APA/ABA Youth, is striving to earn points toward the “Poultry Master” award. She chaired the Youth Poultry Photo Contest. Over 140 photos were submitted for the competition.
The Poultry Quiz Bowl competition, hosted by Ron Kean, UW-Extension Poultry, was won by the Shawano County 4-H. The team will now advance to the national contest in Louisville, Ky.
Sixty-three youths submitted entries into the Pullet Surprize essay contest. Winners received breeding birds, an incubator, a subscription to Poultry Press, a Standard of Perfection and other poultry supplies from the WIPC. Mariah Fillo, Osseo, won the junior division, Nathan Honeyager, Waukesha, won the intermediate division and Olivia Beach, Forest Junction won the senior division.
“We have so many wonderful, dedicated youth who do so much with their poultry projects in this state,” said Barb Gromacki, Burlington. “The experiences gained in this project have helped so many go on to be successful in life.”
Next year’s show will be held Sept. 26 and 27 in Portage.