Schwartz wins Overall Rabbit Showman


By Megan Neary - mneary@aimmediamidwest.com



The class winners from Monday’s Fayette County Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship competition: left to right, back row: Mackenna Leasure, Benjamin Mathews, Margo Funderburg, Morgan Cartwright, Sophia Parsons - 5th place, Abi Mick - 4th place, Kandice Mathews - 3rd place, Courtney Dodds - 2nd place, Aubrey Schwartz -1st place; and left-right front row: Alyvia Atkinson, Abby McMahon, Katelyn Bock.  Not pictured: Leah Marine

The class winners from Monday’s Fayette County Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship competition: left to right, back row: Mackenna Leasure, Benjamin Mathews, Margo Funderburg, Morgan Cartwright, Sophia Parsons - 5th place, Abi Mick - 4th place, Kandice Mathews - 3rd place, Courtney Dodds - 2nd place, Aubrey Schwartz -1st place; and left-right front row: Alyvia Atkinson, Abby McMahon, Katelyn Bock. Not pictured: Leah Marine


Aubrey Schwartz was named the Overall Rabbit Showman on Monday at the Fayette County Junior Fair.


Aubrey Schwartz, 16, was named Overall Rabbit Showman at the Fayette County Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship competition on Monday.

Schwartz is a member of the Crazy Critters 4-H club and has been involved with 4-H for eight years. She said she raises rabbits all year long and even breeds and sells them to other 4-H participants.

Schwartz, who scored 100 percent on the knowledge portion of the show, said rabbit showmanship takes a lot of practice. She showed a Junior Black Dutch Rabbit that she calls “Mike.”

In second place was Courtney Dodds, 17. Dodds is a member of the Funny Farmers 4-H club and has been involved with 4-H for eight years. Third place went to Kandice Mathews, 14, fourth place to Abi Mick, 9, and fifth place to Sophia Parsons, 13.

The overall showman is selected from among the winners of each class. This year, there were 13 classes.

In addition to those already mentioned as placing within the top five overall, class winners included: Katelyn Bock, Leah Marine, Abby McMahon, Alyvia Atkinson, Morgan Cartwright, Benjamin Mathews, Morgo Funderburg, and MacKenna Leasure.

Judge Danny Long said he selected winners based on their ability to handle their rabbits and their answers to his questions.

On Tuesday, the junior fair rabbit mean pen show will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the small animal barn. The junior fair rabbit breed show will begin at 10:30 a.m.

More rabbits are being shown this year at the Fayette County Fair than any other animal. As of Monday, 282 market rabbits were checked in and 165 breeding rabbits were checked in, according to fair officials.

The class winners from Monday’s Fayette County Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship competition: left to right, back row: Mackenna Leasure, Benjamin Mathews, Margo Funderburg, Morgan Cartwright, Sophia Parsons – 5th place, Abi Mick – 4th place, Kandice Mathews – 3rd place, Courtney Dodds – 2nd place, Aubrey Schwartz -1st place; and left-right front row: Alyvia Atkinson, Abby McMahon, Katelyn Bock. Not pictured: Leah Marine
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/07/web1_IMG_1819.jpgThe class winners from Monday’s Fayette County Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship competition: left to right, back row: Mackenna Leasure, Benjamin Mathews, Margo Funderburg, Morgan Cartwright, Sophia Parsons – 5th place, Abi Mick – 4th place, Kandice Mathews – 3rd place, Courtney Dodds – 2nd place, Aubrey Schwartz -1st place; and left-right front row: Alyvia Atkinson, Abby McMahon, Katelyn Bock. Not pictured: Leah Marine

Aubrey Schwartz was named the Overall Rabbit Showman on Monday at the Fayette County Junior Fair.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/07/web1_IMG_1824.jpgAubrey Schwartz was named the Overall Rabbit Showman on Monday at the Fayette County Junior Fair.

By Megan Neary

mneary@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124 or @MeganNeary2

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124 or @MeganNeary2