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"Egg-cellent" Poultry Event Planned For March 22 For Vermont Youths

Three eggs: brown, white and blue

Johnson--University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H will host an "egg-citing" afternoon of competitions and fun on March 22 at Johnson State College in Johnson for all Vermont youths interested in poultry including those with an interest but minimal experience.

Both 4-H'ers and non-4-H'ers, 8 to 18, are invited to participate in the event, which will include a 4-H Poultry Quiz Bowl and Skill-a-thon stations to demonstrate their knowledge of chickens, turkeys, geese and other poultry including breeds, anatomy, animal nutrition and health, egg grading and related topics. The competitions will be arranged by age group with the top four finishers in each division receiving prizes. For the quiz bowl, youths will compete in three rounds of 20 questions each.

In addition, prizes will be awarded to the best entries in the deviled eggs contest. Contestants are asked to bring 12 halves (six whole eggs) for judging and sharing. Participants will act as judges to cast votes for their favorites.

To register for the event, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., please call UVM Extension 4-H Educator Martha Manning at (800) 639-2130, ext. 449, or UVM Extension 4-H Educator Lindy Birch at (866) 260-5561, ext. 481. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by March 14.

Volunteers are needed to help with the quiz bowl and skill-a-ton stations. Interested adults and older 4-H'ers not participating in the competitions should call Martha or Lindy to volunteer.

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