High temperatures not slowing Fonda Fair participants
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.”
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.
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.