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Rabbit show

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SHOW:Teresa Rody of the Wabash County 4-H rabbit committee begins the Rabbit Show on Monday afternoon at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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ENTRY:Trinity Johnson, right, places one of her rabbits in the ring at the Rabbit Show on Monday afternoon at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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UPSIDE DOWN: Judge Don Hauser takes a close look at one rabbit Monday afternoon during the Rabbit Show at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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SIGN: This was the order of events Monday afternoon at the Rabbit Show at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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BANNERS: These banners were waiting to be handed out before the start of the Rabbit Show on Monday afternoon at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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HELLO: This rabbit was waiting to be judged Monday afternoon at the Rabbit Show at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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JUDGE: From right to left, Judge Don Hauser,Trinity Johnson,Teajen Johnson andBussard Brittanyparticipate in the Rabbit Show on Monday afternoon at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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WAITING: Teajen Johnson, right, andBussard Brittany, left, look on as Judge Don Hauser, center, judges their entries Monday afternoon at the Rabbit Show at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

 

As Teresa Rody of the Wabash County 4-H rabbit committee awaited the start of the competition Monday afternoon, she explained what it took to judge the animals properly.

They would be assessed by judge Don Hauser, who Rody said, was certified by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

“There is a book of standards he compares each rabbit with to help the kids learn about what makes a good rabbit of the breed they’ve chosen,” she said.

Rody said this information be useful later if the 4-Hers wanted to choose to breed those and improve their line.

“It’s very important to choose your rabbit carefully,” she said.

However, Rody said that was only part of the equation.

“They learn a lot about the responsibility of taking care of each rabbit, feeding it properly, making sure it’s watered and put in conditions that will make its fur the best possible and its body condition the best possible,” she said.

“You can’t spend a lot of money and then not take care of it. You also have to have some quality that you do take good care of it.”

First up at the competition were the meat pens, followed by the show rabbits.

“Many of these 4-Hers consider the animals their pets,” she said. “Some of them are breeding them to have the best line of rabbits they can. Most of them just enjoy raising rabbits and bring a rabbit or two to the fair each year. And then there are a few families who raise animals for meat and there is a meat show where they can show those rabbits, too.”

The fair continues on Wednesday, which is Hawaiian Day.

At 8 a.m., the 4-H Swine Show is in the Show Arena.

From 2 to 4 p.m., Meals in a Mug and 85 Hope Resources will be available.

From 4 to 7 p.m., camel rides will be available.

At 5 p.m., The free stage act Dakota Parker will perform in the Maxine Howard Pavilion.

At 7 p.m., the Truck and Tractor Pull will take place in the Outdoor Arena.

From 7 to 9 p.m., there will be Interactive Shooting Sports.