Anyone wishing to enter the Beaver Dam Poultry Show needs to postmark their entry by September 30th. The show will be held on October 14th at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Showmanship will be offered for all five age divisions and a WJPA meeting will be held, with guest speaker Jim Grober discussing getting started with pigeons. All are encouraged to enter and attend.
For more information on the show, as well as the October 15th poultry/small animal swap held in the same place, see the show catalog found here.
Photography contest entries must be postmarked and emailed by August 15th. See more information here: WJPA Photography Contest and Calendar Order Form (PDF)
Pullet Surprise writing contest entries must be postmarked to Mrs. Gromacki by August 20th. See more information here: 31st Pullet Surprise Contest Information (PDF)
Poster contest entries, Egg show entries, and Avian Quiz Bowl entries are due by September 1st. More information about each contest can be found on the Forms section of this website.
Information for this year’s Avian Quiz bowl is now available and can be found in this document: 2017 Avian Quiz Bowl (PDF)
Any 4-H member can compete on a team in either the Junior division (under 14 years old) or the Senior division (14-18 years old). The 4-H Avian Bowl Manual (4-H MANUAL 161) (2016 version) will be used for questions. The competition will occur at the Wisconsin International Poultry Show, with the winning senior team going on to the national quiz bowl in Louisville, Kentucky.
The WJPA picnic will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at David Laatsch’s residence in Beaver Dam, WI. Events will include a farm tour, WJPA meeting, lunch, and a WIPC meeting. Youth are highly encouraged to attend, as it should be an educational, fun day.
For planning purposes, please inform Barb Gromacki by Monday, June 26 indicating the number from your family attending. More information can be found here: WJPA Picnic and Summer Education Information (PDF). All are welcome.
Information about this year’s Pullet Surprise writing contest can be found here: 31st Pullet Surprise Contest Information (PDF)
Youth are highly encouraged to apply, since winning the Pullet Surprise is a great way to get started in poultry or improve your existing show flock.
Would you or your 4-H group like to promote your favorite breed or variety by sponsoring an award at the Wisconsin International Youth Show? Show dates are September 23-24, 2017, at Portage, WI. Sponsors can be listed in the show’s premium book and you can personally present the award if you wish.
If interested, you can find the Sponsorship Form here, or on the Forms page.
WJPA members voted for new officers and on two showmanship-related questions. The new WJPA officers are:
President: Nathan Thompson
Vice President: Elsbeth Hamilton
Secretary: Brody Jones
Treasurer: Alec Edstrom
Historian: David Thompson
Members voted “Yes” on both showmanship questions issues. Now, members can accumulate Advanced Showmanship wins (working toward the necessary 5 to become a WJPA showmanship judge) not only by winning Advanced Showmanship but also by winning Supreme Showperson at the Wisconsin State Fair. Additionally, members working on the Poultry Master A.C.E. program level can serve as showmanship judges.
The deadline for officer applications, November 30th, is approaching. If interested in running for any WJPA officer position (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian), please contact Mrs. Gromacki by mail at 27225, Ketterhagen Rd., Burlington, WI 53105. Officers serve a 2 year term.
The Wisconsin Bird and Game Breeders Association is offering grant money to youth age 12 to 17 for use in projects involving “the propagation of poultry, gamebirds, game animals, rabbits or waterfowl.” More information can be found here: WBGBA Youth Grant Application and Information
One of the WJPA’s members, Lauren Thompson, received this grant in the past. It is a great opportunity that I would definitely encourage members to apply for if they have suitable projects in mind. The deadline is January 1st, 2017.
Any youth interested in running for a WJPA officer position needs to write a brief (1 paragraph) officer statement and submit it by November 30th to:
27225 Ketterhagen Rd.,
Burlington, WI 53105
The statement should include an introduction and an explanation of why you would be a good choice for a certain office(s). The available offices are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian(s). All offices are two-year terms. I highly encourage serving as a WJPA officer, as it is a great leadership opportunity that will also help keep the WJPA a primarily youth-run organization.