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Junior Market Poultry Champions announced at RodeoHouston

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HOUSTON – Months of preparation all comes down to this.

Who has the best broilers and turkeys for the world's largest livestock show and rodeo?

Texas 4-H and FFA members were rewarded for their efforts.

Buckholts  FFA member Cooper Meinards, 16, earned Grand Champion Pen of Broilers. This is Meinards' fifth year competing in the show.

"A lot of people have been an inspiration, but Lana McDurnam  got me started showing," Meinards said. 

"She's known me for a long time and is a good friend of the family."

The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers was shown by Kamryn Till, 11, of Wharton County 4-H. The Nada, Texas, native said that her biggest challenge this season was getting up in the mornings, but it taught her responsibility.

“This season has been stressful,” Kamryn said. “It’s a lot of work, [but] it feels pretty awesome.”

Thomas Oman, 12, a Taylor 4-H member, exhibited the Grand Champion Turkey. Showing turkeys is an Oman family tradition that Thomas is proud to continue.

“It’s fun and has been in my family since my dad was young,” Thomas said.

First-time show competitor Hewston Lochte, 9, won Reserve Champion Turkey. The Wrede 4-H member thanked his dad for helping him achieve this accomplishment.

“My biggest inspiration is my dad,” Hewston said. “He helped me take care of the turkeys.”

Exhibitors started selling  their broilers and turkeys in the Junior Market Poultry Auction on Friday.