Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Off to the IPE

This year (year of the rabbit, don't you know!) despite my misgivings, Rhiannon and I entered rabbits into the fair - the IPE - Interior Provincial Exhibition. Rhiannon has been begging to for some time. She entered four rabbits and I entered 2. Really she entered 11 because one of her entries was for doe and litter - Vivica, our fawn Satin Angora and her cute litter of 7 babies born July 5. I meant to enter Lars, my white Satin Angora buck and Charlotte (said with a French accent), my French Angora but I had to substitute because I ended up having to shave them both because of their mats.

I must say that we have been having a great time. Along with a woman from Winfield (who we know because we bought our first Satin Angora from her) we set up an area where kids could come and hold the bunnies. Whew! Was that ever popular! Basically I had a line up all day. We had to forcibly close it down to go get lunch and then to leave at 4:30 with people begging to just please hold a rabbit... I could still be there, I think. Our angoras have been a huge hit.

Although there are not a lot of rabbits entered into the fair and when you are the only one in your class, you come in first.... In one category Rhiannon and I were competing against each other and we tied for first. We didn't really have an competition. Okay none. So we have a lot of firsts, haha. But the big news is that one of our rabbits won Best in Show. So that means that out of all the rabbits, (there are about 30 or so) she was judged to be the best over all rabbit. She is one that we bred here on our own farm. A gorgeous chestnut daughter of Lars and Velveteen. Here she is. You can see how lovely her coat is. Rhiannon is pretty excited. She gets a trophy to take home and a sac of rabbit pellets.

Here's the fine young rabbit that I entered. I named him Cappuccino. I think he is rather gorgeous. Hopefully we will get some buyers for these lovely rabbits. We're working on it!

1 comment:

Rhiannon's World said...

Mom, i am the one that entered Cocoa, so don't say 'we' got best in show. *I* got best in show.