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Selling chickens at County Fairs -- question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sunny Side Up, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I am curious about what the policies are at other Fairs. In past years our local fair has allowed exhibitors to sell their birds to any fairgoer. The chicken owner negotiated their own terms with their buyers, handled all exchange of money. The chickens need to be kept on exhibit for the full time of the fair. The chicken owners can take their birds home at the close of the Fair, they also can have their buyers come at that time to take the birds they've bought home directly from the Fair.

    This year we're being told that 10% of the price any bird is sold for must be paid to the Fair. Is this a policy that most county fairs have? How do they manage to keep everyone honest about it?

    I don't sell chickens any other time, it's too much hassle & heartbreak. But at this fair there are many visitors looking to buy laying hens, so I always raise up a batch of hatchery pullets to show & sell at the fair. I can get a better price there, but it still doesn't earn me a huge profit. I'm not happy about having to pay this fee.

    I'm part of a "chicken club" that volunteers manymanymany hours to prepare & manage the Poultry Tent at this Fair so I feel that I've already donated a lot of value to the organization.

    What are things like at county fairs where you have exhibited?

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