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Young poultry experts showcase birds at Ravalli County Fair

Published On: Aug 29 2013 07:30:15 PM MDT

The poultry is traditional and exotic, and fascinating to fair goers.


One of Ravalli County's biggest weekends is in full gear.

It's fair time in the Bitterroot.

The Ravalli County Fair, Rodeo and Bull-A-Rama's theme this year...."4-H Pride and an 8 Second Ride."

4-H and FFA kids are competing for top prizes.

They've groomed their animals for the judges, in hopes of ribbons, cash and glory.

Ramey Meinzen knows his poultry.

He's an 8th grader who brought his best chickens for judging.

They did very well.

Ramey shows off two exotic birds...one a Polish chicken, with gold and black feathers encircling its head.

The other is similar.

It's a Silkie Chicken, a black bird, with puffs of feathers on its head and feet.

"It has black skin and it has 5 toes," said Ramey," chickens usually have four."

Dave Kostecki shows off his granddaughter, Sydney Kostecki's  Reserve Champion ribbon for her six-month-old Bourbon Red Turkey.

His other granddaughter, Savannah, showed a Silver Laced Wyandotte hen.

She received a blue for it.

Sydney's Buckey chicken won Grand Champion.

"I love my granddaughters," said Dave. "They both ribboned out.

It's something  to celebrate for the whole Kostecki family.

Both the Kostecki girls and Ramey Meinzen's birds are a proud part of the Bitterroot Shooting Stars 4-H Club.