Day three of the annual Carroll County 4-H Fair featured Western riders on the circuit, poultry and rabbit owners awaiting seals of approval from the judges and swine owners showing their best in the ring.
The rabbit judging found Susie Whitehurst handling hares of all sizes as she carefully explained to each entrant the favorable points and faults of their bunnies.
"It's got to have the eye rings and the butterfly [design on the nose] for it to be a broken," Ms. Whitehurst told an entrant, explaining why his rabbit really shouldn't be in the Rex breed, broken category.
Broken means that the rabbit has white markings over more than 10 percent of its body.
Nevertheless, the animal was given second place.
"You just can't show him in the open show," Ms. Whitehurst said.
Color of coat, muscle tone and the animal's ability to breed were also taken into account.
"This doe is going to make a good mother," she said of a black and white Dutch rabbit. "She really should be a mother."
Western riders spent the day rounding the ring, demonstrating their ability to ride, guide their horse and put the animal through a "trail riding" obstacle course, complete with gates to open and mail to fetch.
The skill categories were followed by speed demonstrations, such as barrel racing and pole bending.
Meanwhile, Jason Ridinger's hard work with his 16 chickens paid off in a champion for a standard poultry exhibit yesterday.
The first-year 4-H member also entered 10 goats and 26 non-animal entries, including a needlepoint project based on his Lego creation of airplanes and helicopters.
"I've had chickens since I was little," the 8-year-old said of his poultry entries. "It takes about 10 minutes to feed and water all of them."