Burlington--A 4-H'er from Fairfax was among the participants in the 4-H Virtual Poultry Show, Aug. 8.

Liam Gallagher, a member of the High Hopes 4-H Club in Fairfax, showed his Rhode Island Red pullet in the show, earning a blue ribbon. 4-H teen Noelani Rupp of South Burlington, a member of the Feathered Friends 4-H Club, also in South Burlington, served as the judge. 

Judging was by the Danish system, where each exhibitor is evaluated against a set standard for that specific competition and not against the other participants. Entries judged excellent receive blue ribbons with red ribbons for very good work and white for good.

For this virtual show, exhibitors were evaluated on how well they presented themselves and handled their birds as well as their poultry knowledge and how their birds compared to the standard for that breed. Knowledge questions covered a range of topics from identification of parts of the chicken to egg production and biosecurity.  

The show was sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Program. Rose Garritano, 4-H educator for Chittenden County, organized the event.

In addition to poultry project, the 10-year-old 4-H'er also participates in the outdoor recreation and education project.

A total of 80 4-H'ers in 23 different clubs are currently enrolled in the 4-H poultry project. To learn more about this program, contact the UVM Extension State 4-H Office at (802) 651-8343 or (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only).


Rosemarie M. Garritano