WINNER: Nanango's Michael English with his grand champion bantam.
WINNER: Nanango's Michael English with his grand champion bantam. Madeline Grace

Fellowship, fun, and feathers at poultry show

AS QUEENSLAND'S only Bantam Club, the Murgon & District Bantam Club Inc rustled a few feathers with their first ever show on Sunday, May 5.

There were over 300 Bantams on show, and 27 exhibitors.

Club member Denis Dowdle said he was impressed by the turn out.

"It was a very successful first show. A very happy day indeed," he said.

"We were fortunate enough to have a judge who was just last week in Sydney judging other poultry shows."

 

POULTRY SHOW: Club member Denis Dowdle and Judge Grame Hoff, with one of the winning bantams.
POULTRY SHOW: Club member Denis Dowdle and Judge Grame Hoff, with one of the winning bantams. Madeline Grace

Judge Graeme Hoff said he was most impressed by the silkie bantams on show.

"These are some of the best bred silkies I've seen in a while," he said.

"While I have been most impressed with the poultry on show today, I have been even more impressed by the community here.

"Showing poultry is the same as anything. If it weren't for the people it wouldn't happen. Today is all about the fellowship, fun, and feathers."

The youngsters also made quite the mark at the poultry show.

Mr Dowdle said they were the future, and he was pleased to see the young ones taking out the top prizes.

"The young ones beat us oldies today. That's for sure. We didn't stand a chance against their bantams," he said.

"I've been showing poultry since I was just 10-years-old. It definitely is a family affair.

"My parents did it and now my daughter is involved. My niece is here too and she won some big prizes."

It was 15-year-old Michael English who took out best in show with his bantam, winning grand champion out of the 300 entries.

Michael is from Nanango and said he loved poultry showing.

"I've been doing it since I was a kid," he said.

"It's a great hobby.

"I've made lots of friends and learnt a lot."

Michael said a lot of behind-the-scenes work went into the show.

"You've got to clean them so they look real nice," he said.

"And you've got to train them. That takes a bit."

With the first ever Murgon & District Bantam Club Inc Poultry Show being such a success, they have already set a date for next year.

Mr Dowdle said to mark May 3, 2020 in your calendar.

He said there would hopefully be room for more entries next year.

Michael wanted to encourage more young locals to become involved.

"If you're thinking of doing it. Just do it," he said.