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NCDA&CS Hosts the 2020 Youth Market Turkey Show, Keeps Safety in Mind

youth with white market turkeys in a semicircle

It’s been a difficult year, full of changes and unexpected challenges. Still, some things are continuing, though they don’t always look quite how we’re all used to seeing them. For example, the North Carolina State Fair was canceled, but the youth livestock shows, including the popular Youth Market Turkey Show, went on.

In the Lil Gobblers age bracket (5-8 year olds), 46 participants showed their turkeys. Barrett Devine of Rowan County won Grand Champion Lil Gobbler and Gabriella Baldwin of Buncombe County won Reserve Champion Lil Gobbler. Four participants showed their turkeys in a noncompetitive class.

There were 135 Juniors (9-13 years of age) and Seniors (14-18 years of age) competing for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion honors.

For perhaps the first time in YMTS history, two sisters from Randolph County won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.  Cassidy Sharpe’s 44-pound turkey won Grand Champion and Brooklyn Sharpe’s 39-pound bird took Reserve Grand Champion.  Cassidy’s Grand Champion turkey won her a $1,500 check from Talley Farms. Her sister Brooklyn’s turkey won Brooklyn $1,000 from Farm Bureau Insurance and Talley Farms.

The show was different this year, but we especially want to thank Neil Bowman, Jimmy Collie and their team at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) for conducting this year’s show.

Thanks also go to the many sponsors who gave financial contributions in order to continue to offer this program. Finally, thank you to Butterball for donating the poults used in this program.

2020 YMTS Class Winners

Lil’ Gobbler (5-8 years old)

NameAge BracketClass #County
Cody FormisaniLil GobblerClass 1Johnston
Barrett DevineLil GobblerClass 2Rowan
Emmy KernodleLil GobblerClass 3Alamance
Gabriella BaldwinLil GobblerClass 4Buncome
Carson WalkerLil GobblerClass 5Randolph
Eric AllmanLil GobblerClass 6Randolph

Non-competitive Class

NameAge BracketClass #County
Fortino CastilloJr.Class 7Rockingham

Competitive Classes (Jr: 9-13 and Sr: 14-18 years old)

NameAge BracketClass #County
Eyan Wilson-WiseJrClass 8Randolph
Alexis SolesSrClass 9Edgecombe
Hattie Jo PowellJrClass 10Johnston
Joleen WindsorJrClass 11Alamance
Talton CorrellJrClass 12Rowan
Houston WalkerJrClass 13Randolph
Cassidy SharpeSrClass 14Randolph
Abigail ShaefferJrClass 15Granville
Johanna SlootwegJrClass 16Wake
Aiden KernodleSrClass 17Alamance
Caroline ScarlettJrClass 18Randolph
Wilder StovallJrClass 19Wake
Caitlin ProctorSrClass 20Wilson
Kendall ProctorSrClass 21Wilson
Jacob MeadsJrClass 22Pasquotank
Brooklyn SharpeSrClass 23Randolph