The 2020 CA State Fair & Food Festival has been cancelled due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19. We are planning to make the 2021 CA State Fair & Food Festival the best one yet and we hope to see you there!

Due to Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND), a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems of birds and poultry, the California State Fair will not showcase any birds or poultry at the 2020 Fair.

VND is not a food safety concern. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat. For more information regarding VND, please click here.

Someone holding a chicken


Quick Facts

Chicken Terminology

  • Galline: Scientific Name
  • Chick: Offspring / Newborn
  • Pullet: Young Female
  • Hen: Mature Female
  • Cockerel: Young Male
  • Rooster: Mature Male
  • Brood: Group of Chickens


Turkey Terminology

  • Meleagrine: Scientific Name
  • Poult: Offspring / Newborn
  • Jenny: Young Female
  • Hen: Mature Female
  • Jake: Young Male
  • Tom: Mature Male
  • Rafter: Group of Turkeys
Turkey looking at the camera
A lady holding a golden bear trophy and ribbon with her turkey
Little chick in a box