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PHOTOS: Fowl play at the Central Wyo Fair & Rodeo

Hank Powell, 6, and his brother C.J. Powell, 9, pose with their hens during the 2021 Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo on Wednesday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — C.J. Powell, 9, sat quietly holding his prize Buff Orpington hen on Wednesday morning in a room at the Arena building during the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo.

His younger brother Hank, 6, sat in a wagon behind him, holding his Barred Rock hen.

Hank Powell, 6, holds his hen on the arena dirt during “barn duty” on Wednesday at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The boys, both members of the Buckaroos 4-H Club, would’ve experienced competing in their first full fair last year if not for the pandemic. This year is happily different.

“We’re making a whole week of it,” said their mother, Heather Powell.

The family has 21 chickens at their home just outside Casper, and they brought six to the fair. Some of their chickens earned a number of ribbons, including a 1st in showmanship for C.J.’s

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

On Wednesday the trio sat patiently by the door of the room on “barn duty,” surrounded by attractive hens, roosters and ducks owned by fellow 4-H and FFA competitors.

“We just greet people and answer any questions,” said Heather as the occasional family wandered through to admire the animals.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Livestock competitions and shows will continue through Friday, with the livestock sales and auction on Saturday.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)