Youth Poultry Exhibits at NYS Fair

2023 Entry Procedures

New this year - all entries must be submitted separately online to both NYS Fair and NYS 4-H Animal Science by 12:00 midnight on August 4, 2023.

  • NYS Fair 4-H Animal Science Show Entries must be completed via ShoWorks on the NYS Fair website by Friday, August 4 at 12:00 midnight.
  • The NYS 4-H Animal Science online registration form must also be completed to submit additional species specific entry forms and supplemental materials. Review specific animal entry requirements before completing this registration form.
  • When registering different species, separate forms must be completed.
  • Exhibitors must receive endorsement of a county 4-H Educator, FFA Advisor or other breed organization to compete at the NYS Fair. Any entry that does not receive endorsement may be scratched.  Exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before you enter to make verify eligibility and carefully follow any instructions provided.

Contest Rules and Premium Books

Official NYS Fair contest rules, information, schedule and Premium books are updated regularly. Exhibitors should regularly consult the NYS Fair How to Enter website for the most recent changes and deadlines.Youth exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before entering to make verify eligibility to participate at the State Fair and follow carefully any instructions provided

Youth Poultry Exhibitor Information

The 4-H Poultry Science Program at the State Fair is a part of the total New York State Fair 4-H educational program.  Teen leaders are selected by the county agent and the state specialist according to outstanding attitude and knowledge in the poultry area.  Teen Leaders will be required to work both a.m. and p.m. chores.  All youth accepted for Teen Leader positions will be notified of acceptance by e-mail ONLY.  If no e-mail is provided on application, no acceptance notification will be sent out.  The only youth that will be personally called will be the teens that are applying for a Teen Assistant position in Poultry Science.

The Poultry Science activities are designed to complement, supplement and stimulate county and regional programs.  The activities at the State Fair are cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, and of county and state extension personnel to provide opportunities for people to grow and develop.

In addition to the specific rules and regulations for this section, all participants are subject to the general and dormitory regulations for youth.

County master list of exhibits to be judged is required for this division.

  1. Animal health regulations must be complied with.
  2. Poultry entries will not be accepted for exhibition from any state where avian influenza, a serious transmissible disease of poultry, has been diagnosed.  Should this disease appear in a New York flock, as a disease control measure, the New York State Fair Poultry Show may be cancelled. Your NPIP Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Flock form must be submitted with your entry and a copy must be brought and given to the Poultry Superintendent upon arrival. Any interpretation of regulations will be made by the Agricultural Staff of the Fair in consultation with the Director of Animal Industry and the Superintendent of the New York State Fair Poultry Show. Failure to follow animal health regulations may result in forfeiture of premiums and/or suspension from being able to show animals in future years at the NYS Fair.   
  3. All entries will be inspected prior to caging to ensure only healthy, disease free birds are accepted.
  4. A bird that is sold may not be removed from its cage until the close of the show or the end of the Fair.  Poultry entered in the show may be sold only if the poultry are judged, but cannot leave the building until exhibits are released if entered in the Open Show also.  
  5.  Each exhibitor is limited to 10 birds.  
  6. No entries will be accepted unless listed in the premium book.
  7. No one other than owner or show official will be permitted to open any coop or to handle any specimen without express permission of the Superintendent.
  8. Unworthy birds shall not receive any placing, ribbon or premium award.
  9. 4-H/Youth exhibitors are eligible to show the same birds in Open Class.  For information on Open Class, contact the Entry Department.
  10. The Danish System will be also used in judging.  Also ribbons will be awarded in each class for 1 – 6 place.  A rosette will be awarded for Best and Reserve in the following major classes:  Large Fowl, Guinea, Duck, Goose, Turkey Bantam Chicken and Pigeon.  Poultry will be judged using the American Standard of Perfection and the American Bantam Association Standard.
  11. One day premium will be awarded to each exhibitor. 
  12. Birds will be inspected daily by a veterinarian from the Bureau of Animal Industry, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.  Birds affected with any contagious disease(s) will be returned to the owner or isolated from the Poultry Building.  Birds removed by the veterinarian or birds substituted for birds removed, must be examined by the veterinarian before they are returned to the show.
  13. A specimen one year or more in age shall be considered a cock or hen.  A specimen under one year of age shall be considered a cockerel or pullet.
  14. The greatest possible care will be taken of all exhibits, but the Management is not responsible for any accident, mistake, loss or damage that occurs, the specimens being entered at the sole risk of owner.  Competent personnel will be in charge of the exhibition night and day, and the Management will do all in its power for the safety and protection of all exhibits.
  15. All specimens are to be exhibited in their natural condition except Game and Game Bantams.
  16. The Management reserves the right to change and revise the assignment of judges when the same is deemed advisable for the best interest of the Department.

Large Breed Chicken Classes

American Class

Plymouth Rocks, Dominiques, Wyandottes, Javas, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Buckeyes, Chanteclars, Jersey Giants, Lamonas, New Hampshires, Hollands and Delawares

Asiatic Class

Cochins, Langshans, Brahmas

English Class

Dorkings, Redcaps, Cornish, Orpintons, Sussex, Australoprs

Mediterranean Class 

Leghorns, Minorcas, Spanish, Andalusians, Anconas, Sicilian Buttercups, Catalanas

Continental Class

Hamburgs, Campines, Lakenvelders, Polish, Houdans, Crevecoers, LaFleche, Faverolles, Welsumers and Barnevelders

All other standard breeds

Modern Games, Old English Games, Sumatras, Malays, Cubalayas, Phoenix, Yokohamas, Aseels, Shamos, Sultans, Naked Necks, Araucanas, Ameraucanas


Bantam Breed Classes

Modern Game Bantams

Modern Game

Game Bantams

American Game, Old English Game

Single Comb Clean Legged Bantams

Anconas, Andalusians, Australoprs, Campines, Catalanas, Delawares, Dorkings, Dutch, Hollands, Japanese, Javas, Jersey Giants, Lakenvelders, Lamonas, Leghorns, Minorcas, Naked Necks, New Hampshires, Orpingtons, Phoenix, Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Spanish and Sussex

Rosecomb Clan Legged Bantams

Anconas, Antwerps Belgians (D’Anvers), Dominiques, Dorkings, Hamburgs, Leghorns, Minorcas, Recaps, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Rosecombs, Sebrights, Wyandottes

All Other Clean Legged Bantams

Ameracanas, Araucanas, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Cornish, Crevecoeurs, Cubalayas, Houdans, LaFleche, Malays, Polish, Shamos, Sicilian Buttercups, Sumatras, Yokohamas

Feather Legged Bantams

Booted, Brahmas, Cochins, Belgian d’Uccle, Faverolles, Langshans, Silkies, Sultans


Duck Classes

Heavy Weight Class
Pekin, Aylesbury, Rouen, Muscovy, Appleyard, Saxony

Medium Weight Class

Cayuga, Crested, Swedish, Buff

Light Weight Class

Runner, Campbell, Magpie, Welsh Harlequin

Bantam Duck Class

Call, East Indies, Mallards



Goose Classes

Heavy Class

Toulouse, Embden, African

Medium Class

Sebastopol, Pilgrim, American Buff, Pomeranian

Light CLass

Chinese, Tufted Roman, Canada, Egyptian



Turkey Class

(all turkeys compete in one class)

Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Black, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White, Royal Palm


Guinea Fowl Class

(all Guinea Fowl compete in one class)

Lavender, Pearl and White

For More Information

whipple6 [at] (Mary Ann Whipple) - Youth Superintendent

kelleebery [at] (Kellejean Lounsbery) - Open Show Superintendent

nysfairentrydepartment [at] (NYS Fair Entry Office for Information)