Royal Queensland Show poultry champion splashed pekin was won by Geoff and Sandra Edards.
Royal Queensland Show poultry champion splashed pekin was won by Geoff and Sandra Edards. Valerie Horton

Breeders snag swag of awards

IF POULTRY enthusiasts were treated like rock stars - the Fraser Coast would have rolled out its red carpet and welcomed home royalty after this year's Ekka, such was the performance of the Maryborough Hervey Bay Poultry Club.

Its members won more ribbons and trophies than Michael Phelps would competing at an outback swimming meet.

The club successfully claimed its 8th overall top prize for the past 10 years, in what is the pinnacle Queensland show for breeders.

Individually, Maryborough couple Geoff and Sandra Edards led the way, bringing home 14 rosettes and seven trophies in a performance that revealed how close their chooks are getting to genetic perfection.

One of those was the Royal Queensland Show Poultry Champion splashed pekin.

Ms Edards said the trick was good blood lines. She said that was how a real champion was produced.

"We've both been breeding for over 40 years. My dad showed poultry and so did Geoff's, actually that is how we met," Ms Edards said. "We've always done everything together - it's good that we have that."

The Maryborough Hervey Bay Poultry Club has one of the richest histories of any club in Queensland. Ms Edards said only Warwick shared a similar past and both recently celebrated their 107th birthday.



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