Due to continued cases of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in the State of Colorado and at the recommendation of the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office, THE MARKET POULTRY SHOW WILL BE A TERMINAL SHOW. Birds entered in the Market Chicken or Market Turkey show will not be allowed to be taken home by exhibitors at the completion of judging. A buyback will be offered to those exhibitors.
Market Chickens must be hatched around July 1st and be no older than 8 weeks old at the time of show. Market chickens older than 8 weeks are not eligible to show.
Market Rabbits all need to be born around June 11th in order to be the correct age to compete in the Market Rabbit division of the fair. Market Rabbits cannot be older than 10 weeks on the day of show (August 26, 2023) and weigh between 3.5 and 5.5 pounds.
The age requirements for Market Turkeys will be a minimum of 16 weeks and no more than 20 weeks at the time of weigh-in. Hen turkeys must weigh a minimum of 13 lbs. to show and Toms must weigh a minimum of 20 lbs. to show. Both toms and hens are eligible. Turkeys weighing over 30 lbs. or more than 20 weeks will not be allowed to show.
For Market Chickens the exhibitor would need to list 4 leg band numbers per Market Pen. Market Turkeys must list a leg band for each bird nominated. These leg bands will not need to be in or on the animal(s) until arrival at the fair. Market Rabbits must list tattoo numbers on the nomination form.
Small Animal exhibitors will be required to participate in a Meat Quality Assurance program and sign a “Quality Assurance” form to turn in at the time of weigh-in. Full disclosure of any medications, medicated feeds and/or supplements given to animals exhibited at the Colorado State Fair is required on this form. Exhibitors who have not completed a Meat Quality Assurance Program (either Colorado MQA or YQCA) are not eligible to show at the Colorado State Fair. Exhibitors MUST provide Premises ID (PID) on nomination and entry forms.
The nomination forms are due to the Extension Office by Friday, July 7, 2023.
Market Chicken Nomination Form
Market Turkey Nomination Form
Market Rabbit Nomination Form