High temperatures not slowing Fonda Fair participants

Cara Waldynski, left, and Kaylee Waldynski, right, on the bumper cars at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

FONDA — Not even the high temperatures could keep the rabbits away from the Fonda Fair, which kicked off on Wednesday.

The fair was filled with spectators eager to go on rides, play fair games and have all the fair food they can eat.

One of the first events beginning the fair on Wednesday was the rabbit show, which featured 15 different breeds of rabbits along with a pet rabbit class.

The 15 breeds of rabbits included lionhead, tan, dutch, florida white, mini lop, netherland dwarf, mini satin, polish, Californian, English lop, Flemish giant, New Zealand and satin.

“Right now they are picking the best of breed,” said Cora Maspirit, a helper with the rabbit show. “Each of these animals that are up here have won their breed category, and now they’re picking the best of show which will be the best bunny in the show for the 4-H.”

Benjamin and Nina Manieri, right, on a ride at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Paul Jurgelonis, judge of the rabbit show, has been a rabbit judge and a cavy Guinea pig judge since 1966.

“We’re looking for the animal in the best condition overall; the animal that is best groomed, taken care of and also the gentlest,” Jurgelonis said. “The rabbits we picked for first and reserved were very easy to handle and very calm.”

The breeds each have their own standard that they are judged on. The pet class of rabbits shows how well the 4-H’ers have been taking care of their rabbits. The breed class of rabbits are judged by the “Standard of Perfection,” printed by the American Rabbit Breed Association.

“We have Guinea rabbits and we did the youth purebred show before we did the pet class,” Jurgelonis said. “Those animals were judged as conformation to the body, according to the way it’s described in the standard.”

The best rabbit in the youth show was a mini lop and the reserved was a satin.

Fonda Fair spectators watch pigs race on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

There were two different rabbit shows — one being the 4-H show for purebreds and then the pet class.

A best-in-show and a reserved-in-show are picked out of all the best of breeds.

“And those will go to the ones that compare closest to the ‘Standard of Perfection’ that’s printed by the American Rabbit Breed Association,” Jurgelonis said.

Contestants who have their rabbits in the pet rabbit class of the rabbit show are shown at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Megan Dion with her rabbit in the rabbit show at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Paul Jurgelonis, judge of the rabbit show at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday looks at a rabbit in the pet rabbit class. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara Layla Weisbrod, left, and Addy Larsen, right, on a ride at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday.

Fair goers on a ride at the Fonda Fair on Wednesday are shown. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

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