Maryland poultry fancier Richard Holmes, after seeing Tom Darden of Virginia start the Virginia Poultry Breeder's Association in 1963, followed by their first show at the Virginia State Fairgrounds, was motivated to help start a club for the Maryland Poultry Fanciers to hold a show of their own. Dick then wrote an article for POULTRY PRESS inviting all Maryland Fancier's to a Spring/Summer Show at the Howard County Fairgrounds (where he was Poultry Supt.) to discuss forming such a club.
Judges Lynn Brennaman and Bruno Bortner offered their services to judge the show for free. Poultry Photographer Irvin Holmes offered Arthur Schilling type photographic cuts of the Grand Champion Large Bird and the Grand Champion Bantam of this show.
The response was a 300 plus bird entry and while judging was going on the assembled Maryland Fanciers held their first meeting under a big tree at the east end of the poultry building. The late Bill Hall was elected President and served for many years. Bill Gladhill was elected Secretary/Treasurer, a position he has well served to this day. The fanciers present for the meeting decided to hold their first show with the Hagerstown, Maryland Pigeon & Poultry Association's annual fall show at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds in 1964 and then move permanently to the Frederick Maryland Fairgrounds the following year.
Once established at the Frederick Fairgrounds, the club for many year's held both an annual spring/summer show as well as the annual fall show. Finally, the spring/summer show was dropped as the members gre
At one point the Maryland State Poultry Fancier's Association hosted the National Meet of the SPPA (Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities) and borrowed cages from several fairs to hold the 2700 bird entry. Our building was filled to overflowing and several hundred birds had to be housed in cages inside and under the grandstand. After that backbreaking experience the club vowed to never again borrow cages. For many years our entry was around our 1700 bird capacity.
Most of the Maryland Club's original members are now deceased but a couple of us old timers are still around to try to teach them young en's a thing or two. If it wasn't for them young en's we couldn't still be having an annual show. Good work kids and carry on the torch!
By Richard G. Holmes, 77 years old in 2009.
By Don Schrider
Once again the Maryland Poultry Fanciers held our annual show on November 5-7, 2010 at the beautiful Frederick, Maryland, fairgrounds. There were 1355 entries made by 109 exhibitors – 1120 entries in the open show and 235 entries in the junior show. Our show was judged by Frank Harris of Virginia, Tim Bowles of Ohio, and Tom Topper of Pennsylvania judged the Junior Show. Our show this year was also host to the Sebright Club of America’s National Meet, an Egg Show, a “who-jumped-the-fence” class for mongrel entries, and numerous state and special meets.
In the large fowl, winners were: Champion American a White Plymouth Rock pullet by Brian Lewis; Reserve American a White Wyandotte hen by Joel Gilman; Champion Asiatic a Black Langshan pullet by J.E. Pilkerton; Reserve Asiatic a White Cochin hen by Tom Roebuck; Champion English a Dark Cornish hen by Rohrs Keith; Reserve English a Black Australorp cockerel by Joel Gilman; Champion Mediterranean a S.C. White Leghorn pullet by William Sandoe; Reserve Mediterranean a S.C. Light Brown Leghorn cockerel by Don Schrider; Champion Continental a Black Hamburg pullet by Donald Krahe; Reserve Continental a NonBearded White Crested Black Polish by Sylvia and Bela Babus; Champion AOSB a Black Ameraucana pullet by Tom Kernan; Reserve AOSB a Wheaten Asil hen Todd McWilliams. Champion Guinea was a Lavender cockerel by Annie McGraw; Reserve Guinea was a Lavender pullet by Annie McGraw. Champion Large Fowl was the S.C. White Leghorn pullet by William Sandoe; Reserve Champion Large Fowl was the Black Langshan pullet by J.E. Pilkerton.
In the bantams, winners were: Champion Game a Black Old English Game cockerel by Anna Bennett; Reserve Game a Blue Old English Game cockerel by Bennett and McDaniels; Champion Modern Game a Birchen Modern Game pullet by Anna Bennett; Reserve Modern Game a Brown Red Modern Game pullet by Anna Bennett; Champion Featherleg a White Cochin pullet by Tom Roebuck; Reserve Featherleg a Black Langshan cockerel by Bacon and McCarty; Champion SCCL a White Plymouth Rock cockerel by Anna Bennett; Reserve SCCL a Blue Light Brown Dutch hen by Johnny Sprouse; Champion RCCL a Golden Sebright hen by Carey Bantams; Reserve RCCL a Black Rosecomb pullet by Bennet Family; Champion AOCCL a NonBeareded White Crested Blue Polish pullet by Rick Porr. Champion Bantam was the White Cochin pullet by Tom Roebuck; Reserve Bantam was the Black Langshan cockerel by Bacon and McCarty.
In the Who-Jumped-The-Fence class there were three awards: Most Unusual was by Wyatt Farmer; Prettiest was by Ava Fogle; and Ugliest was by Josephine Livezey.
In the waterfowl, winners were: Champion Heavy Duck a Rouen hen by Dean Ennis; Reserve Heavy Duck a Rouen drake by Dean Ennis; Champion Medium Duck a Saxony drake by Schmidgall and Tokar; no Reserve; Champion Light Duck a White Runner Drake by Schmidgall and Tokar; Reserve Champion Light Duck a White Runner Drake by Schmidgall and Tokar. Champion Bantam Duck a White Call young drake by Timothy Gladhill; Reserve Bantam Duck a White Call pullet by Timothy Gladhill; Champion Heavy Goose a Brown African gander by Tom Kernan; Reserve Heavy Goose a Gray Toulouse goose by William Sandoe; Champion Medium Goose a Gray Pomeranian goose by Jay and Kim Yobst; Reserve Medium Goose a Gray Pomeranian gander by Jay and Kim Yobst; Champion Light Goose a Brown China gander by Luke Sevison; Reserve Light Goose a Brown China goose by Caleb Leininger. Champion Waterfowl was the White Call young drake by Timothy Gladhill.
In the Junior show, winners were: Champion American a Rhode Island Red cockerel by Cassie Allen; Champion Asiatic a Black Cochin pullet by Hannah Misner; Champion English a Buff Orpington pullet by Hannah Misner; Champion Mediterranean a S.C. Light Brown Leghorn hen by Joshua Cassar; Champion Continental a Salmon Faverolle pullet by Hannah Misner; Champion AOSB a Blue Ameraucana pullet by Hannah Misner; Champion Game a Wheaten Old English Game hen by Alyssa Hinton; Champion SCCL a Rhode Island Red cockerel by Cassie Allen; Champion RCCL a Partridge Wyandotte cock by Cassie Allen; Champion AOCCL a Wheaten Asil hen by Shannon Fidler; Champion Featherleg a Black Bearded Silkie pullet by Hannah Misner; Champion Duck a White Call drake by Brody Miskimon; Champion Goose a Brown African gander by Jacob Mathews; Champion Turkey was a Bronze Old Tom by Jamie Seale. Champion Junior Large Fowl was the Buff Orpington pullet by Hannah Misner; Reserve Junior Large Fowl was the Black Cochin pullet by Hannah Misner. Champion Junior Bantam was the Rhode Island Red cockerel by Cassie Allen; Reserve Junior Bantam was the Black Bearded Silkie pullet by Hannah Misner. Champion Junior was the Rhode Island Red Bantam cockerel by Cassie Allen; Reserve Junior was the Black Bearded Silkie Bantam pullet by Hannah Misner.
There were 18 entries in the eggs show, and the winners were: First Place blue eggs from Kathy Kline’s Ameraucanas; Second Place white eggs from Brody Miskimon’s White Leghorns; and Third Place brown eggs from Rose Woodsmall’s New Hampshires.
Winners of the Sebright Club of America’s Nationa Meet were: Best of Variety Golden Sebright a hen by Carey Bantams; Reserve of Variety Golden Sebright a pullet by Carey Bantams; Best of Variety Silver Sebright a pullet by H.R. Rogers; Reserve of Variety Silver Sebright a hen by Carey Bantams. Champion Sebright was the Golden hen by Carey Bantams; Reserve Sebright was the Silver pullet by H.R. Rogers.
Champion of the Show was the White Cochin Bantam pullet by Tom Roebuck; Reserve of the Show was S.C. White Leghorn pullet by William Sandoe.
Congratulations to all and much thanks to all who supported the show with entries. Special thanks to all who helped set-up and tear-down, and to the Carroll County 4-H for the delicious food! Hope to see you all next year for great competition and friendly fellowship.