Minnesota 4-H’ers to Compete in Seventh Annual Poultry Prince and Princess Contest at 2016 State Fair

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Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump® will award $1,000 scholarships to two designated Minnesota poultry ambassadors

2016 Poultry Prince and Princess Program

Year after year, we see dedicated 4-H youth return to participate in this scholarship program, eager to display their ever-growing passion for the Minnesota poultry industry.

Minnesota 4-H poultry participants will display their advanced poultry knowledge and industry experience during the seventh annual Poultry Prince and Princess Contest, held at the Minnesota State Fair from August 25 through August 28, 2016. The scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump recognizes the skills, leadership and confidence of the state’s top young poultry experts by awarding two teenagers with the Poultry Prince and Princess ambassador titles and scholarships of $1,000 each.

“Year after year, we see dedicated 4-H youth return to participate in this scholarship program, eager to display their ever-growing passion for the Minnesota poultry industry,” said Brad Rugg, director of 4-H Fairs and Animal Science Programs, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. “The State Fair offers an ideal opportunity for them to engage with each other, fostering a strong statewide community all while developing their knowledge of poultry. The level of talent and enthusiasm we see continues to impress us each year.”

To qualify, contestants must first compete in the 4-H Poultry Interview, Quiz and Showmanship competition; next, they will show off their cooking skills in the 4-H Chicken BBQ contest. The six highest-scoring contestants (three male and three female) from the first two categories will be invited back to compete in the final round: Q&A Stage Presence.

WCCO-TV’s John Lauritsen resumes his role as emcee for the live event taking place at the State Fair’s Sheep and Poultry Barn at noon on August 28, 2016. Last year’s winners —Nathan Vonderharr and Katie Benson — will be present at the coronation ceremony to hand their royal crowns and capes off to the seventh annual 2016 Poultry Prince and Princess.

The 2016 winners will begin their roles as poultry ambassadors immediately following coronation with an appearance on the Minnesota 4-H float in the Minnesota State Fair parade. Winners will also receive:

  • $1,000 academic scholarships
  • Professional portraits from State Fair artist Michael Sweere
  • Opportunities to develop networking and presentation skills through industry and media appearances

“The participants of the Poultry Prince and Princess scholarship program go on to become leaders in Minnesota’s poultry industry,” said Rory Bidinger, brand manager for GNP Company®, the company behind the Gold’n Plump brand. “It’s important for Gold’n Plump to be involved in something that recognizes and rewards 4-H youth for their passion and commitment to Minnesota agriculture.”

According to the USDA, the U.S. poultry industry is the world's largest producer and second-largest exporter of poultry meat. In 2015, Minnesota’s production of broiler chickens, eggs and turkeys was valued at more than $1 billion, offering more than 26,000 jobs. According to the USDA, annual U.S. chicken consumption per person rose to an estimated 90.1 pounds in 2015. By comparison, beef decreased to 53.9 pounds and pork increased to 49.9 pounds.

About Gold'n Plump Chicken®| Good Chicken is Our Mission®
Gold'n Plump® is distributed nationally by St. Cloud, Minn.-based GNP Company, a provider of premium branded and custom chicken products to retail, deli and foodservice customers. The brand's good chicken mission centers on being truly all natural, highly trimmed and free of unwanted solution, skin and parts. The Gold'n Plump All Natural line also boasts attributes of No Antibiotics-Ever and American Humane Certified. To learn more about the Gold'n Plump brand and its products as well as find great recipes, general cooking and safe handling tips and nutrition information, visit GoldnPlump.com. Follow Gold’n Plump on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest and YouTube.

About Extension 4-H
Minnesota 4-H is an after-school youth development program provided through the University of Minnesota Extension. The 4-H mission is to engage Minnesota youth in quality learning opportunities that enable them to shape and reach their full potential as active citizens in a global community. Last year, more than 75,000 kids throughout Minnesota participated in 4-H and learned invaluable life skills. According to a 2009 report from a Tufts University national study, 4-H youth are more than twice as likely to be civically active and make contributions to their communities, and are 47 percent less likely to have risky or problem behaviors. For more information about the program, visit extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H.

Learn more about the 2016 Poultry Prince and Princess Contest online at http://z.umn.edu/4hpoultryprinceprincess and view photos of last year’s contest and portraits at Gold’n Plump’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GoldnPlump.
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