Egg-cellent effort as fowl club reaches 50
THE Far North Coast All Game Club Golden Jubilee Show at the weekend heralded half a century of fine folk competing with their feathered flocks.
And club secretary Steve Dubber said it was one of the best showings in years with more than 1000 top-notch game fowl, from Old English to Indian Game, entered for judging.
Coinciding with a number of other events at the Lismore Showground, the jubilee was a bustling affair but the atmosphere remained friendly and enthusiastic as judges made the rounds to decide prizes.
Mr Dubber said exhibitors and judges ventured from as far as New Zealand and the United Kingdom to take part in what is regarded as one of Australia's top game fowl shows.
He was pleased to see younger game fowl enthusiasts joining the mix of older exhibitors, whose professions ranged from bankers, to tradespeople and, of course, agricultural workers.
Retired flight attendant Steve Serone, who was showing a variety of Indian game fowl, recently returned to exhibiting after having enjoyed the pursuit as a youngster.
The Booerie Creek residents' prized game fowl were spectacular specimens with glistening, eye-catching feathers and healthy physical characteristics.
"I've come back to my childhood. I had poultry when I was a kid and grew up in this area," Mr Serone said.
"I just like to show them off, I guess. You put a lot of effort into any sort of hobby like this.
"There's a set of standards for every breed and they're judged on condition, how they conform, and there are different points awarded for different aspects of the chook; weight, feathers and so on."
Mr Serone said he enjoyed sharing stories with other competitors who had "bred chooks since they were kids".
"Chook people are great. They're helpful and excellent at putting good stock into people's hands," he said.
During the jubilee a traditional hot lunch was held to coincide with a historical club presentation and the awards ceremony.
To commemorate the club's historic milestone, gold and bronze medallions were produced for show winners.
Champion Bird and Champion Bantam: Modern Game Bantam female, Peter McMillan, Lockyer Valley.
Reserve Champion Bird and Champion Large Fowl: Dunn Old English Game female, Ross Gallagher, Uralla.
Opposite Sex Champion Bantam: Black Red Light Leg Old English Game Bantam Male, Terry Politch, Warwick
Opposite Sex Champion Large Fowl: Heavy Weight Australian Pit Game Male, Ted Vaughan, Raleigh
Champion Breeding Pair - Large: Pair of Australian Pit Game, Frank Stanford, Ewingsdale
Champion Breeding Pair - Bantams: Pair of Australian Pit Game Bantams, Brian Castle, Palmers Island