The 2017 Highland County Fair rabbit barn was hopping with nine new exhibitors from the Hillsboro FFA Chapter.
For the rabbit exhibitors, the fair week started off with bringing in and weighing their rabbits on Saturday. On Sunday, exhibitors could test their knowledge of their rabbit projects by competing in the skillathon. Rabbit shows were then held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Over the summer, Ali Wilson, Haley Unger, Brittney Howard, Casey Jordan and Jenna Garen had the opportunity to go with Mr. Cummings to Jim Fouch to get their rabbits. In preparation for the fair, Kaytlin Fannin and Kenna Keets brought their rabbits to the FFA barn to teach the new exhibitor’s showmanship techniques.
Some of the fair results for FFA exhibitors include Hannah Oyer second in showmanship and reserve champion in her weight class; Kaytlin Fannin received first in her class; and Brittney Howard received best in breed and best in opposite breed. Along with Oyer, Fannin and Howard other exhibitors were Ali Wilson, Kenna Keets, Haley Unger Alexis Fritz, Breanna Little, Casey Jordan, Emma Wilson, Jadyn Profit and Katie Condo
The students were excited to have this new experience of showing rabbits. Sophomore Ali Wilson said, “It was my first time showing rabbits and I actually learned a lot. It was a really good experience.”
Without their involvement in FFA, these students may not have had the opportunity to show rabbits.
Submitted by Jordan Williamson.