Rabbit show hops with activity

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Gates opened at 8 a.m Wednesday, as the 100th Roosevelt County Fair got under way. The fairgrounds were abuzz with activity, as exhibitors attended to last-minute details and fairgoers got an early look.

In the pavilion, there was a swarm of activity as children and adults alike were preparing for the rabbit show to begin at 9 a.m.

An American Rabbit Breeders Association show, it was a junior as well as an open show, so children and adults were able to participate at the same time.

“We have kids showing who are as young as 2 as well as many older adults,” said Melissa Lamb, RCF rabbit superintendent.

“We have 220 rabbits and 18 meat pens,” Lamb said. A meat pen consists of three rabbits that are less than 10 weeks old and weigh no more than 3 pounds, according to the RCF fairbook.

“My favorite are the lionheads. They’re a new breed,” said Ladonna Spinks, open show competitor. “This will be the first year that they will be shown at the Roosevelt County Fair.”

The lionhead has fur around its neck that resembles that of a lion, said Spinks.

Showing five rabbits in the open show, Spinks has some of the most unusual. Besides the lionheads, she also owns French Lops, which are a bigger breed of rabbit.

Showing for the first time, Kali Gresham, 9, has entered three rabbits, including a Lionhead.

She has also entered a Holland Lop and a Netherland Dwarf.

“I like showing the bunnies and holding them,” said Gresham.

The fair started Wednesday with a pork chop breakfast put on by the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home and ended with the classic country music sounds of the Tiny Lynn Band and the lights and sounds of the carnival midway.

Pioneer Day leads things off today with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Dairy heifers, goats and lambs get their day in the show ring and Tiny Lynn finishes the day on the slab.