Today’s a big day. The North Carolina State Fair is opening and the weather reflects the fair’s slogan: nothing could be finer than this cool, sunny autumn day.
Just for fun, we’re sharing some behind-the-scenes pictures of one turkey that’ll be in the ring at the fair. (Check her out at tomorrow’s Youth Market Turkey Show (YMTS) – 9 a.m. in the Poultry Tent.)
Most turkeys destined to go to the YMTS lead pretty quiet lives. They live with a family somewhere in North Carolina. A young member of that family takes care of them. They eat and they walk and they grow. That’s about it.
But some turkeys dream of more: fame, travel, time in the spotlight.
Well, maybe not quite, but some definitely end up in unexpected places – like the hen strolling across NC State’s iconic Brickyard on September 30.
That strolling hen was the star of a turkey (photo) shoot and the hunt was on for a good picture!
Earlier this month, NC State photographers Marc Hall and Becky Kirkland were looking for a turkey to photograph and the Prestage Department of Poultry Science (PDPS) connected them with Mary Fosnaught, 4-H and Youth Development Extension Associate.
Fosnaught and her daughter, JoJo, volunteered to bring one of JoJo’s YMTS turkey hens to campus.
The result was an early-morning turkey trot that left the photographers (and passing students) in high spirits!
But, did Hall and Kirkland get the picture they were looking for? They did – it’s on a card that’s in the mail from the NC State advancement team.