It was a big deal when NC State’s basketball team played at Madison Square Garden in New York last month as part of the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic. It was the team’s first appearance at “The Garden” in several years.
But NC State once had a team that made it a habit of performing at Madison Square Garden — the State College Poultry Judging Team.
On this day in 1926, the Poultry Judging Team competed for the 10th consecutive year in the National Inter-Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest at Madison Square Garden, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
The team did well, with senior John Jacob Barnhardt, a vocational education major from Acme, N.C., earning a silver medal for second best individual in utility judging. Other members of the team featured in the 1927 Agromeck were seniors John L. Fort and William M. Ginn and sophomore R.W. Shoffner.