Harrisburg – Veteran rabbit showman Becky Forney of Irwin, Westmoreland County, earned the top spot in the Senior Division of Rabbit Showmanship on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Forney has been exhibiting rabbits at the show for nine years. Although she has won in past years, she said, “This is exciting because it is my last year.”
Champion Intermediate Showman was Vanessa Stickler of Lebanon, Lebanon County. Champion Junior Showman was Nathan Kline of Selinsgrove, Snyder County and Champion Novice Showman was Grace Stewart of Camp Hill, Cumberland County.
Senior Showmanship was judged by Tori Perry, Intermediate Showmanship by Peg Hailey and Art Sweinhart judged the Junior and Novice divisions.
The Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association royalty were on deck to pass out awards to the winners. The PASRBA Queen is Julie Whitehaus from Harrisburg, Dauphin County. The PASRBA King is Matt Bishop from Myerstown, Lebanon County.
The showmen are judged based on their ability to handle the rabbits, discuss the rabbit’s conformation and their knowledge of rabbit diseases.
Lori Jo Whitehaus, open show secretary said, “This contest is very competitive. These showmen work very hard to compete here.”
On Jan. 6, nearly 1,300 rabbits were exhibited in the open rabbit show, 300 of which will be on display in the East Hall for the duration of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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