Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB)
August 03, 2017
Minnesota 4-H poultry participants will have the opportunity to put their knowledge and industry experience to the test during the eighth annual Poultry Prince and Princess Contest, held at the Minnesota State Fair from August 24 through August 27, 2017. The scholarship program, put on by Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump, recognizes the skills, leadership and confidence of the state’s top young poultry experts by awarding two participants with the Poultry Prince and Princess ambassador titles and scholarships of $1,000 each.
“We are continually impressed by the level of poultry knowledge and experience 4-H’ers bring to the program year after year. Their constant dedication to learning and sharing their expertise is very inspiring,” said Brad Rugg, director of 4-H Fairs and Animal Science Programs, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. “The Poultry Prince and Princess is a unique opportunity for the participants, giving them not only a chance to publically compete and test their knowledge, but also share their passion for 4-H with the greater community.”
Winners are crowned based on their performance in three different events. Contestants must first compete in the 4-H Poultry Interview, Quiz and Showmanship competition. On the following day they will show off their cooking skills in the 4-H Chicken BBQ contest.
The six highest-scoring contestants (three male and three female) from the first two categories will be invited back to compete in the final round: Q&A Stage Presence. WCCO-TV’s John Lauritsen continues his role as emcee for the live event taking place at the State Fair’s Sheep and Poultry Barn at 10:30 a.m. on August 27, 2017.
The 2017 winners will begin their roles as poultry ambassadors immediately following coronation with an appearance on the Minnesota 4-H float in the Minnesota State Fair parade. Winners will also receive:
- $1,000 academic scholarships
- Professional portraits from State Fair artist Ta-coumba Aiken
- Opportunities to develop networking and presentation skills through industry and media appearances
“The participants of the Poultry Prince and Princess scholarship program go on to become…