DES MOINES, Iowa- One building at the Iowa State Fair is more quiet than normal this year. The poultry building has no birds to display due to a ban on poultry showing because of avian influenza.
The poultry barn has rows of empty cages, but on each cage is a species of bird which could be displayed at the fair.
4H students are also making education presentations to judges on things like safe making of an omelet.
Because there is no poultry show, leaders had planned to not have a Poultry Queen this year. But one long time 4H student thought that was not right.
“ I didn’t agree with that, because poultry is very important,” said Kambrea Davies , who will be a senior homeschooler this fall in Clarinda. “We’re number one in Iowa,” added Davies. “The kids are upset because there’s no poultry this year, so we’re doing skill-a-thons.”
Davies convinced the 4H leaders that Iowa should have a Poultry Queen, and they thought she would do a great job at the role. Davies said she has been to 8 or 9 county fairs already this year. Her concern is for students coming up behind her.
“We still need to bring kids in and say, hey, you’re the next generation, what are your ideas on raising poultry in the future,” said Davies.
Davies raises free range chickens with her parents near Clarinda. In the future she plans to go to community college, and then on to NW Missouri State, or Iowa State University.