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Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess Contest

A scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold'n Plump

Congratulations to the current Poultry Prince and Princess Nathan Vonderharr and Katie Benson who won the 2015 Poultry Prince and Princess contest. After another great year, we are excited for the 2016 program. For interested and eligible 4-Hers, please bookmark this page and check back in July 2016 for additional updates and information on how to be a part of this exciting program, now in its 7th year! To learn more, check out this fun video.
Read tips from Nathan and Katie on how you can become the 2016 Poultry Prince or Princess here!


How Can I Participate?

Who can attend?

The Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess Contest at the Minnesota State Fair is an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth to be recognized for their poultry knowledge, experience, leadership and confidence. To be an eligible contestant of the Poultry Prince and Princess program, you must:

* Note: contestants are not eligible during the 13th grade in 4-H. Poultry Prince and Princess duties occur during the next 4-H year, which is why those in their final 4-H year are not eligible.


2015 Poultry Prince & Princess Nathan Vonderharr and Katie Benson

What if I'm Named Poultry Prince or Princess?

We invite all Minnesota 4-H poultry members to participate in the seventh annual Poultry Prince and Princess Contest: A Scholarship Program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold'n Plump for the chance to:

2016 Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess Contest Schedule:

Eligibility: Take part in 4-H Poultry Showmanship and 4-H Chicken BBQ contests. Both are mandatory for you to qualify for the final Q&A Stage Presence round. Participating in the Judging Contest is optional, but can earn you more qualifying points.
Below is a breakdown of the required events for this year's contest:

  1. 4-H Poultry Interview/Quiz/Showmanship - Thursday, August 25
  2. Optional Poultry Judging Contest - Friday, August 26
  3. Chicken BBQ Contest - Saturday, August 27 - East side of the Coliseum (Clough St. & Judson Ave.)
  4. 4-H Q&A Stage Presence - Sunday, August 28 - Sheep & Poultry Barn

On Saturday, August 27, the top three male and three female contestants from the first two categories will be invited back to compete in the August 28 Q&A Stage Presence. The seventh annual 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess will be crowned immediately following the third round.

To enter you must fill out the online application and entry questionnaire by 10 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016. The 2016 application will open in July 2016.

Registration: To learn more details about the 2016 contest, please see the flyer below. To sign up, complete the online entry questionnaire. If you do not have access to the internet to complete your application, you can either use a computer at your local extension office (call first to schedule an appointment) or complete it at the State Fair. If you choose to wait until you have arrived at the State Fair, there will be four computers available for your use at the Fair grounds. They will be located in the back of the livestock publicity trailer, between the large cattle barn and orange annex (across from wash racks). Once you get on a computer at the State Fair, you will be allowed 30 minutes to complete your application, so we encourage you to apply before the Fair starts or come prepared with your answers.

The application will ask questions about your involvement in 4-H activities and why you are interested in competing in the Poultry Prince and Princess Contest. Each response carries a maximum of 75 words. If you go over this amount, the characters beyond this limit will be deleted. This format assures continuity in all applications.

2016 Information:


Brad Rugg
4-H Program Director

Karen Nelson

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