Malorie Kveton could not stop crying on Saturday morning. But she had a really good reason.
At the Fort Bend County Fair this weekend, poultry judge Jason Lee named Malorie’s chickens the grand champion of the broiler show.
When the Needville student’s name was called, Malorie said she couldn’t believe it. Lee lined up exhibitors in three sections, placing Malorie at the very end of one of the lines.
“It could have gone either way,” she said after winning. “I thought, I either got last place or first place, and I was too scared to think I got either.”
The judges critiqued the chickens based on the width and length of their breasts. All three chickens must also be similar in size.
“I enjoy coming here every year,” Lee told the exhibitors before naming the champions. “You’ve got great people here and you’ve got great chickens.”
According to Lee, this is a meat-yielding show.
“It was just crazy,” Malorie continued, wiping her smiling, tear-stained face.
Malorie and her competitors each purchased dozens of chickens six weeks ago. She said he spent about an hour everyday feeding and checking on her chickens. As they grew, Malorie had to find three chickens that matched in breast size.
Michael Griffin Elementary School fifth-grader Wyatt Faist’s broilers were named reserve champion.
“I was kind of nervous but this is amazing,” Wyatt said.
The top 23 entries made premium auction and will be sold at the Junior Livestock Auction on Thursday. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. in the George Barn.