This morning I woke up real early to the rumble of thunder and lightning. I got up and started closing windows as the rain started coming down. Not much out of it, but with this dry weather we'll take what we can get. Afterwards I checked the weather and the forecast was showing a cooler day. That sounded good to me. The fair was having an open class rabbit show and I thought it would be nice to take Phoebe wth me and experience the show first hand. My thoughts were the rabbit show started at 9:00, and the Sheep Lead show started at 10:00, so I'd be a little late to that, but wouldn't miss much. There was my mistake. Three hours later I was still waiting to be called up with Phoebe to show her off. Obviously we didn't make it to that sheep show.
Being as this was my first rabbit show, besides watching bits and pieces of the 4-H show some years back, I had no idea what I was doing. I asked a lot of questions and met a lot of nice rabbit folks around the area. I learned that I'd be plunking Phoebe down in a cage (like the one on the top left my friend's daughter is standing at) and then I'd be standing there waiting for my turn to listen to what the judge said. I also learned that after Phoebe showed her fiberliciosness we had to stay until the end for the Best in Show part. Nope, definitely not making it to the Sheep Lead show. I also learned that when they called up the Best of Breed winners, and called them by class, our class was class 4 and class 6 was for what I was told were commercial breeds.
In the end Phoebe wasn't chosen for Best in Show, but that's okay. We had a great time! Phoebe was loved on by many people. I was able to see my friend's daughter show her rabbit, and I met some new friends. (Shameless plug - that gal up there, who just turned 16, has an awesome New Zealand rabbit breeding program.) I saw first hand the expression on a mother's face when she finds out the two rabbits her daughters were housing together are in fact a buck and doe, instead of both does like originally thought. They are now, by the way, waiting to find out if they are going to be bunny owners as there was some hanky panky going on in the cage at home that they thought were just dominance issues.
I saw a child in tears because she was upset about her rabbit's placing. I also saw the joy on the face of a boy that goes to our son's school when he was handed a big purple Best in Breed ribon. There were adults there with mind boggling amounts of rabbits, and me - with my lone but truly loved Phoebe. It was a wonderful experience!
So there you have it folks, I went, I showed off Phoebe, she came home with a cute Best of Breed ribon, and we had a wonderful time together. I was told I'd be wanting more rabbits and that the show bug will have bitten me. Did it? No, not so much. Will I do t again? Maybe. I'm on the rabbit fence. Would I like another English Angora? Yes, but that's nothing new. It may happen, it may not, but I know I won't be going hog wild with huge numbers of rabbits. I'm content to give high maintenance care to Phoebe since I'm more of a low maintenance kind of gal.
Check back tomorrow! It's a big day for the Kid. He shows his turkeys, chickens, and sheep. Smiling & Waving, Sharon
I'm the queen of our farm, although the animals haven't figured that out yet. My title is Head Chicken Wrangler, but most days I'm called Mom. Life is a comedy and I plan on documenting it.