UPDATE: 2019 GCSPF show canceled, but Avian Bowl WILL go on at new location

****UPDATE: ALL California winter shows are now cancelled, but the Avian Bowl State Qualifier WILL go on at a new location - please see below.****

The following is a message from Dr. Francine Bradley regarding the Avian Bowl State Qualifier:

"January 22, 2019: Urgent Notice – California Avian Bowl State Qualifier WILL go on Sat., Feb. 23 in Fresno, but with a location change. My salute to all the California Poultry Clubs who have voluntarily cancelled their winter shows in light of the vND outbreak. While the live-poultry portion of the GCSPF Show has been cancelled, the Avian Bowl Qualifier (held now for many years as part of the Show) will go on.

NEW LOCATION – California B Banquet room at Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel, 5115 E. McKinley, Fresno 93727. Entries must be postmarked or Faxed (760 699-7056) by Feb. 11, 2019."

Please see the 2019 Avian Bowl State Qualifier page to download UPDATED entry forms.

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Notice to GCSPF Members and Supporters of the 2019 Greater California Show

January 20, 2019

Our GCSPF Club met today to discuss our February 23, 2019 Greater California Show and we have decided to cancel our show due to the Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND). This was not an easy decision and we made a decision based on information and consultation gathered from several sources. On January 16, 2019, I received a letter from the state Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones with the following statement β€œTo support our disease containment and eradication efforts, the California State Veterinarian is recommending that all poultry exhibitions that include birds from high-risk counties (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) be cancelled.” Our first thought is we could have excluded all those entries from the four high risk counties. Upon discussion of the alternative to hold our show and exclude all people with entries from those four high risk counties we decided the risk was too great that the VND could get outside of those four counties and possible birds may have been moved to other areas by now. In the end we decided that the best thing to do is cancel our show for this year and to heed the recommendation by the state vet. We are sorry we are not holding our show as scheduled and hope to be back next year.

Sincerely,

Alan J. Gallegos
GCSPF President