Annual Rabbit Show More Than a Competition

— Written By Leslie Dill

There is a common misconception that 4-H is “just for farm kids.” However, if you visited the Cape Fear Fair & Expo in Wilmington, NC this fall, you might have witnessed several “city kids” competing in an annual rabbit show which included skillathon and showmanship classes.

Raising and showing livestock has many perceived benefits and a study of Texas 4-H members revealed a number of themes including social relationships, character development, family togetherness and family values, exposure to competition, exposure to culture, and knowledge and care of animals.rabbit3

The Cape Fear 4-H Rabbit Club, lead by Melinda Grant, is New Hanover County’s oldest 4-H club. They have organized the annual rabbit show for over 10 years.

Results from the 2015 show are as follows:

Skillathon Results

Senior Division

Best in Show: Lena Devlin

Junior Division

Best in Show: Kara Dennison
2nd Place: Nicholas Zaharis
3rd Place: Shelby Futrell

Showmanship Results

Senior Division

Best in Show: Lena Devlin

Junior Division

Best in Show: Kara Dennison
2nd Place: Nicholas Zaharis
3rd Place: Shannyn Loeper
4th Place: Katie Glover
5th Place: Brianna Glover
6th Place: Shelby Futrell

Several Cloverbud kids (age 5-8) participated as well non-competitively.

"Mouse" takes in all the sights and sounds of the fair.

“Mouse” takes in all the sights and sounds of the fair.

Written By

Photo of Leslie DillLeslie DillExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 798-7669 leslie_dill@ncsu.eduNew Hanover County, North Carolina
Posted on Jan 14, 2016
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