Brazos Valley Poultry Club
- Honorees -
Each year, the Brazos Valley Poultry Club honors a member of the Texas exhibition poultry community that has greatly impacted the fancy in their lifetime by recognizing them as an honoree at the annual Bluebonnet Classic Poultry Show. We believe that it is people such as these who have made not only our club, but exhibition poultry at large, what it is today. The B.V.P.C. would like to both congratulate and thank these outstanding people for their years of hard work, dedication, and success.
2022 - Dan Dykes
What can you say about Dan Dykes? He is the complete fancier and has been for the last 50 years. From putting on poultry shows, helping anyone with birds, to being an officer in breeds clubs and the ABA. Dan is always the first one to help anyone and truly enjoys the people in our hobby. He is also an ABA Master Exhibitor twice over. If not for Dan Dykes, there would be no Brazos Valley Poultry Club or Bluebonnet Classic Poultry Show. We owe him our deepest gratitude and respect.
2020 - Diana Tison
The Brazos Valley Poultry Club would like to honor Diana Tison as the 2020 BVPC Honoree for her dedication to the fancy we all love. Diana and her late husband, J. H. (TY) have been a driving force in exhibition poultry since the 1970’s. She is always wanting to help and is always available to assist the Junior exhibitors and share her advise, wisdom, and experience. Diana has been a member of the BVPC for more than 30 years. It is with great pleasure and many thanks that we honor Diana Tison this year!
2019 - Charles & Bonnie Campbell
If you were to look up the phrase "poultry fancier" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Charles and Bonnie Campbell. You could not ask for two people more dedicated to their hobby than the Campbells. For more than four decades, they have helped put on shows from West Texas to Abilene, and now the Ft. Worth Stock Show. They are long-time members of the Texas Poultry Hall of Fame, and always have a smile on their face. Ask any judge and they will tell you Bonnie is the best clerk you can have, and she proves it quite often. It is the Brazos Valley Poultry Clubs great pleasure to honor them at the 2019 Bluebonnet Classic.
2018 - Pat Malone
Pat Malone has been an ABA judge since 1984 and an APA judge since 1986. He was the 40th President of the APA (1998) and a long time Director of district 7 of the APA. His greatest achievement has been his devotion to our hobby helping the Juniors where ever he went, in Texas and beyond. He is never too busy to stop and answer any questions or give advise to the anyone who asked. Texas has been very fortunate to have Pat as one of our own and we are better in our hobby because of him. Thank you, Pat!
2017 - Harris O'Brien
We are proud to honor Harris O’Brien as the Outstanding Breeder and Exhibitor for 2017. Harris, from Spring, Texas, has bred and exhibited poultry throughout the South for over 60 years. He was the Open Poultry Show Superintendent of the Houston Livestock Show for many years, a task requiring many hours of his time. Harris was a leader in the Houston Poultry Club as well as the Lone Star Poultry Club, and was recently elected to the TAEPC Hall of Fame. Harris and his wife, Alma Lee, live at Spring where he at 87 still raises poultry for show and maintains a beautiful lawn. They have one son and two daughters. Harris has been an inspiration to many exhibitors, both young and old providing poultry often at no expense to the new exhibitors. It has been a great experience to know and befriend Harris.
2016 - Bobby & Aileen Castlebury
For the year of 2016, the B.V.P.C. is honoring Bobby and Aileen Castlebury for their outstanding achievements as breeders and exhibitors in Exhibition Poultry. For six decades, they have excelled in every variety of Modern Game Bantams they have chosen. They are master breeders of 6 varieties of Moderns and Golden Sebrights. They are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the A.B.A. with 29.5 Gold Stars. Without a doubt, they have more wins than anyone in Texas and have won almost every major show in America. Congratulations to Bobby and Aileen Castlebury!
2015 - Joe Osburn
The B.V.P.C. would like to honor Joe Osburn for his lifelong contribution to our hobby, as a distinguished Judge, lifelong breeder and supporter of many poultry clubs in Texas. Joe started showing in the very early 60’s and became a judge in 1967. He has bred many different breeds but Modern Game bantams were his favorite and he continues with them today. He became a judge because he wanted to be an honest judge, and he was. Joe retired from judging in 2010. We want to thank Joe for all his contributions and stories