Thursday was the bunny judging at our county fair!! We had 15 rabbits total this year and think it must be some sort of record!
Michelle snapped this pic of J hanging on to the judges EVERY word.
T took a Castor Mini Rex buck named Chance, and a Castor doe named IZZY. We knew Chance wasn't going to do well, but T bought him to be a herd buck and we really wanted to get some comments on him. Judge told T not be breed him because he has horrible guard hair. We bought Chance when he was only 8 weeks old and it's hard to tell a lot about a bunny at that age. T will have to make some decisions. Anyway, Chance got a red ribbon, and IZZY got a blue so he can take Izzy on to the State Fair if he would like.
J also took 2 frozen market rabbits that he got blues on and he will get to sell at the auction. Judge Addison was really impressed with them and with J for going through the dressing process. However, I am certain one of our local little girls in our club is now a vegetarian as she was SHOCKED and APPALLED at those frozen bunnies. I explained to her that ALL her meat she eats used to be alive, but her response was..."But bunnies are cute!" She didn't even bat an eye when he was judging the frozen chickens, but "they look just like the ones you buy at the grocery store!" haha
J also did showmanship and got good remarks and a purple, but from a mom's point of view I saw what happens when he doesn't make time to practice enough. He's got lots of practicing to do before the state fair!! Lots of kids are interested in doing that next year!! YEA!!
And I can't leave out that I took down Levi, one of my Hotot babies, and D took down Chomper, his standard Rex. We decided that the winner got a to pick the movie for a date night. Sadly, D will be dragging me to some manly macho movie as Chomper kicked little Levi's batootie. BUT--LOVE IS IN THE AIR!! We put Levi next to the cage Chomper is in, and now that little 2 lb buck is in LOVE with that 8 1/2 lb Rex.(I guess he likes girls with curves!) He spends most his time trying to find a way to get over into the cage with her and seems oblivious to the crowing chickens, mooing cows and screaming pigs!
It's never boring at the fair!
(I have blog post on the boys' other fair entries but wanted to get a pic of their woodworking projects to go with them so hopefully I'll get that up day!)