John Borsick, of North Fairfield, judges Simba, Seville resident Grace Winrod’s rabbit, during Monday’s Junior Rabbit Show at the Medina County Fair.
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Area 4-H members brought more than 200 rabbits to be judged Monday at the Medina County Fair.
Eighteen breeds of rabbit were represented in the Junior Fair Rabbit Show that included showmanship, breed, best of breed, best in show, doe and litter, and meat pen and fryer categories.
Seville resident Grace Winrod has been showing rabbits at the fair for the past five years.
“Breed winners are determined by which rabbit represents the desired qualities the best. Showmanship and skillathon winners are based off of the 4-Her showing knowledge of the animal, and their project.”
Winrod said she believes showmanship is the hardest portion of the judging process.
“Breed is easy because you hand your judge your rabbit and he takes it from there.
“The skillathon is fairly easy if you study. Showmanship is difficult because you are asked a variety of questions right on the spot,” she said.
John Borsick, of North Fairfield, Alice Howman and Susan Howman from Wooster, were this year’s judges.
Tom Miller, a 14-year 4-H volunteer and Rabbit Committee member, said he loves teaching and helping kids with their projects.
“I just like making everyone feel welcome and answering any questions. Judging is stressful, and if you can eliminate some of that stress, the kids are going to have a better experience.”
Along with Miller, Mary Aungst, Kathy Hodges and Tammy Miller were on the committee helping kids and running the show.
Committee ambassadors included Jenny Aungst, Autumn Hodges, Rhonda Lloyd and Kelly Wiseman.
Junior Fair Board members Joey Barrington, Scott Hitchcock and Valerie Suttman, assisted the committee in passing out ribbons and announcing the results.
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