Mallory Fletcher wins Elkhart County 4-H chicken cluck-off

    Elkhart County 4-Her Mallory Fletcher was named No. 1 chicken impersonator at a Tuesday competition.

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

    People and chickens lined up to cluck Tuesday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

    The 4-H Poultry Club hosted a rooster crowing and chicken imitation contest, open to any volunteers.

    4-Hers blew on their chickens and tapped on the poultry cages to get them to crow. The roosters weren’t interested, although they had loud backup from other poultry in the barn. After a few minutes, poultry club leaders declared a winner and moved on to the chicken imitations.

    The real competition began when poultry barn visitors stepped up to the 4-H leaders’ microphone and started to cluck.

    Eleven contestants registered for the chicken imitation contest, but 4-Her Mallory Fletcher went home with the top prize.

    Fletcher and 4-H aunt Linda Baldwin were the top two chicken impersonators. They won small cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights.

    For kids who missed the chicken imitation contest or have other talents they want to show off, check out the youth talent contests Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

    Kids age 12 and younger can sign up for the junior youth talent show at the park stage Tuesday. Check-in starts 5:30 p.m. at the activities pad and the show starts at 6 p.m.

    Youth age 13 to 18 years old perform Wednesday. The senior youth talent show starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the park stage. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. at the activities pad.

    If you’re more interested in watching animals and their owners be silly together, Thursday is the best day to watch costume contests and obstacle courses. Here are the events coming up:

    • Llama obstacle judging, 9 a.m. Wednesday in the beef and dairy arena.
    • Lamb costume contest, 10 a.m. Thursday in the 4-H lamb barn.
    • Llama costume contest, 2 p.m. Thursday in the beef and dairy arena.
    • Lamb obstacle course, 4 p.m. Thursday in the 4-H lamb barn.
    • Cat costume contest, 6 p.m. Friday in the cat and dog building.
    • Dog costume contest, 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the cat and dog building, followed by dog tricks judging.

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