Feather in the cap for club

SEVERAL thousand spectators, including international visitors, flocked to Murwillumbah showgrounds on Friday for what would be a once-in-a-lifetime event in the Australian poultry world.

The Murwillumbah Show Society Poultry Club hosted the 23rd World Poultry Congress exhibition being held in conjunction with conference sessions of the congress in Brisbane.

And with 1200 entires on show from as far afield as Newcastle and central Queensland -- but not from overseas due to quarantine rules -- spectators had plenty to see and the participants plenty to crow about.

Poultry club spokesman Grame Hopf described it as "a very big day" and one which would not happen in Australia again in most people's lifetime.

"Most of us will never see another one. The next one in Australia is in 52 years time in Perth," he said. "Quite a few overseas visitors were here.

"And it was the biggest junior show in Australia with 170 birds exhibited by people under 16."

The crowd devoured a feast put on by the show society, with funds raised going towards the Show Society Poultry Committee.

However one spectator was heard to joke "no chicken burgers are on sale". The crowd was kept entertained during the extensive judging of the birds by show society volunteer, groundsman and country and western singer Barry Glasby, and junior exhibitor, nine-year-old Matthew Savins of Bangalow who showed off his skills at whip cracking.

The award for best bird of the show went to the Sellin family of Dayboro for a black Pekin bantam. Syd Dwyer of Grafton took out the prize for best reserve bird, while other top prizes went to exhibitors from Warwick and Monto. The best junior exhibit was entered by Anthony Hall of Condong.

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