Feathers set to fly for bird show
GENERALLY, Allora's biggest display of poultry can be found in the hot box at Debbie Smith's Foodworks supermarket.
But tomorrow morning that will be dwarfed as more than 300 live and kicking poultry entries shuffle into the Allora Showground poultry pavilion for the Southern Downs Poultry Club 2011 Young Bird Show.
Club spokesmen Jane and Rebecca Galloway were overwhelmed with the response of 280 fowl entries and another 40 water fowl, all heading to Allora from across the Darling Downs, Brisbane, northern New South Wales and locally.
Entries have closed and the show will start at 9am tomorrow, with interested community members as well as enthusiasts welcome to attend.
Poultry sections will include soft feather bantam, hard feather bantam, large hard feather, large soft feather, pullet and water fowl, with the top award being the Bird of the Show.
High quality examples of specialist breeds such as Langshans, Silkies, Sussex, Wyandottes, Game, Old English Game and the rare Malays will all on display.
Water fowl breeds will include Indian Runners, Mallard – natural and white – and Pekings.
Exhibitors will have the honour of winning the prestigious John Huey Shield for the Champion Bird of the Show.