Poultry on parade

Thousands attend annual show in Coweta

by Celia Shortt

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Ducks were for sale in the swap meet during the CVPA’s annual poultry show Saturday. 


People from all over the country were in Coweta County on Saturday for what has become a yearly tradition in February, the Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Association poultry show.

“It’s a therapeutic hobby which we all do and enjoy,” said CVPA President Bryan Massengale of raising poultry. “The year is our tenth annual show. Our goal is to always be a local event that people can look forward to.”

This year the show was no exception with thousands of people coming to the event including spectators and exhibitors.

Braxton Lamb is six years old and from White Pine, Tenn. He has been showing a poultry breed called, “Silkies,” since May. Saturday was his first time at CVPA’s show.

He said his favorite part of the show is getting to see his friends.

Jim Sallee is from California and has been a judge at CVPA’s show for the last four years.

“I like these people out here,” he said. They’re good people.”

His favorite part of the show of is seeing poultry breeds he doesn’t usually see in California and seeing the people who he doesn’t see very often.

“All the breeds that you think of and some you’ve never heard of are here,” agreed Massengale.

This year, the show had more than 2,000 entries. The large number of entries also make’s CVPA’s show larger than most national shows.

Another vital and unique part of CVPA’s show is their swap meet. In it, they have areas where non-exhibitors can sell their poultry and vendors can sell their products. Like the spectators and exhibitors, the vendors are from all over.

Nicole Perry is from Jamestown, Ohio, and a member of the Maran’s Chicken Club USA. Her first year coming to the show, she showed 22 birds. This year, her third, she isn’t showing as many, but she is still really excited about being in Coweta for the show.

“I think these fairgrounds are beautiful,” she said. “People are so nice - all the workers.”

“I like the weather, too,” she added.

CVPA’s show has grown since it started ten years ago and for Massengale who was raised in Senoia, its magnitude blows him away.

“I have been raising chickens all my life,” he said. “I never thought it (the show) would be this big.

CVPA gives awards for variety, breed, class, as well as recognizing an overall champion and reserve show champion.

CVPA’s sponsors for the show include the Farm Bureau of Coweta County and Southern Charm Feed Store.



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