DENBIGH & FLINT: Little Hope excels in the poultry competition


Rebecca Cole

THE distinctive smells and sounds escaping the poultry and pigeon marquee have been drawing in the crowds throughout the day.

With categories including soft feather and waterfowl in the poultry section and fancy and flying for the pigeons there was plenty to keep the judges busy.

Little Hope Garrod excelled in the poultry junior handlers competition coming first with one of her prize chickens.

Despite being a youngster, the nine-year-old from Llansannan has competed, and won, on a number of previous occasions.

Her proud dad Jon revealed she had taken a keen interest when the family began breeding chickens at home a couple of years ago.

"She's really been enjoying it," he said.

"We didn't realise children could enter the show but when we found out the organisers were really encouraging.

"They're always keen to get some young blood in.

"And it's been great for Hope because it's taught her all about the circle of life.

"We're very proud of her."

Her mum Llinos added, while judging was taking place: "I get really nervous for her now.

"It's a test for her as well as the bird because they ask all sorts of questions about feeding and where the breed's originally from.

"She does know it all though."

On hearing she had won the category for nine-to-16-year-olds, Hope said: "I'm very happy."

At the other end of the tent were the pigeons which prompted a lot of interest from visitors.

Judge Clive Griffiths revealed August was a tricky time of year for birds.

"I'm trying to judge to breed standards but they're moulting now so different birds will be in different conditions.

"What wins here won't necessarily win at another show next month.

"All I can do is judge them by how they appear today."

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