Fulshear High School sophomore Reaghan Bucek has never tried her hand at showing turkeys before.
So the 15-year-old was stunned when her gobbler was named grand champion Thursday at the 2019 Fort Bend County Fair.
“I was completely surprised,” she said after the show. “I don’t really know why I won.”
She won, says judge Dale Hyatt, because her prize-winning bird had the best breast meat of all 17 turkeys entered in competition.
Reaghan also will show two lambs in the show.
While it was Reaghan’s first attempt to raise a turkey, Terry High School sophomore McKensie Salinas, 15, has raised turkeys before — and won top honors.
Her turkey was named reserve champion at the 2018 Fort Bend County Fair.
On Thursday, her gobbler also earned the reserve champion banner.
The top eight turkeys will be eligible for the Junior Livestock Auction.
Competitors have been raising the turkeys since June 12.
Judge Hyatt awarded the turkey showmanship buckle to George Junior High School eighth-grader Landon Steinfeld, 13.