Monday morning saw a veritable horde of animals descend on the Stafford Building at the Saline County Fairgrounds. The local 4-H club put on their annual Small Animal, Crops and Poultry Show followed by the Rabbit Show.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the poultry and small animal judging a parade of young people and animals went back and forth before the judges, spectators and families of participants. Small animals saw a variety of creatures including gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, a ferret and a turtle presented, with Abby Stevens and her guinea pig, Sketter, taking County Championship. Small Animals was judged by Molly Berry.
Poultry was judged by Seth Adams, a former 4-H member and saw a range of fowl including turkeys, chickens, ducks and ducklings, Bantam chickens, guinea fowl and a pair of doves presented for judging. Two pairs of turkeys, one pair wild stock and the other pair domestic, engaged in a spirited gobbling contest as their cages sat next to each other.
The Crop judging saw County Best picked in the categories of soybeans, corn and hay with winner and runner-up chosen and presented with awards.
The Rabbit Show at 10 a.m. saw the greatest number of contestants with winner chosen for buck and doe rabbits in various age groups. Judged by John Dobill of Dobill Rabbitry, the young people and their rabbits lined up as their entries were inspected and judged by Dobill. The judge was very pleased with all the entries, repeatedly stating what a fine group of rabbits was presented in each class.
4-H leader and rabbit show superintendent Mary Wilson was busy everywhere in the arena during the event, calling the different groups for judging, relaying results to the announcer and wrangling rabbits on the judging stand.
All of the participants, their animals, spectators and families enjoyed the event and as the last of the contestants and their creatures left the building a hush filled the arena until the Goat Show that was to begin this morning.