4-H Rabbit Department
Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:00 p.m. — Posters, Showmanship, & Ambassador & Illustrated Talk Contest
Wednesday, July 24th, 8:00 a.m. – Rabbit Show
All events at Rabbit Building
1. All Rabbits, except meat pens, and single fryers, must be owned by the 4-H member, be in their care, and records started by May 15th.
4-H exhibitors must enroll by May 15th those breed class rabbits, except pre-juniors, that are intended for exhibit at the fair. The Putnam County Rabbit Ownership Enrollment & Entry Form may be obtained at your rabbit club meetings or in the 4-H Program & Project Handbook.
2. 4-H rabbits sold, purchased privately or offered for sale at public auction after May 15th and prior to the Indiana State Fair, shall not be eligible to show.
3. All meat pen rabbits, and single fryers must be owned by the 4-H member, be in their care, and records started by July 1st.
4-H exhibitors must enroll by July 1st those meat pen rabbits and single fryers that are intended for exhibit at the county fair. Therefore, no rabbit will be allowed to be exhibited at the fair unless it is enrolled by May 15th (breed classes) or July 1st (meat pen and single fryer). The Putnam County Rabbit Ownership Enrollment & Entry Form may be obtained at your rabbit club meetings or in the 4-H Program & Project Handbook.
4. Any 4-H rabbit project member may enter two ARBA recognized breeds of rabbits, but exhibit only one rabbit per class. An exhibitor may exhibit only one meat pen
and one single fryer. These are not considered a breed class. A 4-H member must exhibit at least one rabbit in a breed class to be eligible to exhibit a meat pen.
5. A 4-H’er may EXHIBIT a MAXIMUM OF 12 ENTRIES with only ONE RABBIT PER CLASS PLUS ONE MEAT PEN AND ONE SINGLE FRYER.
6. A meat pen consists of three rabbits of the same breed and variety weighing up to five pounds each and not be over ten weeks of age.
A single fryer rabbit may be taken and shown from the exhibitor’s meat pen. No fancy breed (4 class) meat pens or single fryers will be allowed.
7. All exhibits must arrive during posted check-in time on Saturday, July 20th, and remain until dismissed by the superintendent(s) on Saturday morning, July 27th . Pen request forms must be submitted by July 1st to the Extension Office or at any 4-H Rabbit Club meeting prior to that date. These forms can be obtained at the 4-H Rabbit Club meetings or in this 4-H Program & Project Handbook.
Due to space limitations, the Superintendent(s) may limit the number of rabbits penned by an exhibitor, and those not submitting the pen request form by July 1st will pen their rabbits only if pens are available.
8. 4-H exhibits must remain on exhibit at the Putnam County Fair until established release time, unless approved by the Superintendent or 4-H Youth Educator. For any exhibit removed from display prior to the official release time, placings and prizes (ribbons, medals, trophies, etc) will be forfeited. The current year Achievement Program recognition for that project will be forfeited.
9. All rabbits must be checked in and out by the Rabbit Superintendents or an official committee member.
10. Before being checked in, all rabbits must be permanently marked with a legible tattoo in the left ear consisting of a letter, number, or both. Rabbits without a tattoo or with a fresh tattoo will be ineligible to show. This procedure helps the exhibitor to keep record of the rabbit breeding; helps straighten out mix-ups which might occur in the County or State Fair show and exhibit; helps to identify any stock that may be stolen.
11. Meat pen rabbits (three (3) rabbits) will be housed in only one (1) cage.
12. Any rabbits showing signs of disease will be barred from the fair. Exhibitors should be aware that animals showing signs of sickness or communicable disease will be asked to leave the building. Please refer to general health requirements stated in this Putnam County 4-H Program & Project Handbook.
13. There will be no does with litter allowed at the fair.
14. All classes will be judged according to the breed ages, weights, varieties, and sex as established by the Indiana State Fair rules. These rules are in turn established by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.; best of breed and best opposite sex accordingly.
15. All 4-H members are responsible on the day of judging for carrying their 4-H rabbits to and from the judging table. Only 4-H members may show rabbits at the judging table, no adults.
16. Animals shown in the fryer, and meat pen classes cannot be shown as breed animals.
17. 4-H rabbits exhibited at other shows after May 15th by other than the 4-H exhibitor will not be eligible to show at the County or State Fair.
18. 4-H rabbit exhibitors may wear their show coats as a safety matter even though the coat may or may not bear their name and/or the rabbit‘s name.
19. It is the 4-H member’s responsibility to make sure their animals are fed and have fresh water throughout each day of the fair.
20. Exhibitors will be personally responsible to maintain clean pens and keep an attractive exhibit throughout the fair.
21. No rabbit will be offered for sale until after the show.
22. Only one meat pen of rabbits may be sold at the livestock sale by a 4-H member. The meat pen presented for sale must be in good condition, must weigh a minimum of 10.5 pounds, and must be presented for sale by the 4-H member.
Classes for 4-H rabbit members will consist of three divisions; Beginner, Junior, and Senior.
Beginner will be open to 1st year members only,
regardless of the grade the 4-H’er was in on January 1st of the current year.
Junior will be open to 4-H rabbit members in grades
3rd – 7th on January 1st of current year.
Senior will be grades 8th and up on January 1st of current year.
The following classes will be offered according to the breed ages, weights, varieties, and sex as established by the ARBA. Any Rabbit of a recognized ARBA breed will be accepted.
6-8 Buck (6 to 8 months)
6-8 Doe (6 to 8 months)
Fur Class: Wool, Normal, Satin, or Angora
(one entry per member)
Meat Pen -- 3 rabbits of same breed, variety, minimum of three (3) lbs. up to five (5) lbs. each and not over ten (10) weeks of age on the day of show.
* If selling in the Putnam Co. livestock auction the meat pen must weigh a minimum of 10.5 lbs.
Single Fryer 1 rabbit not over 70 days old (3 to 5 lbs.)
The Putnam County 4-H Rabbit Show is a sanctioned A.R.B.A Fair Show. Membership information is available below:
Official American Rabbit Breeders Association
P.O. Box 5667
Bloomington, IL 61702
Adult - $20 per year, 3 years $50
Youth - $12.00 per year, 3 years $30Combination
Husband/Wife - $30 per year, 3 years $75
Single Adult Family - $20 plus $5 per youth per year 3 years $50 plus $10 per youth
Husband/Wife Family - $30 plus $5 per youth per year, 3 years $75 plus $10 per youth
Rabbit Illustrated Talk Contest
The 4-H Rabbit Illustrated Talk Contest is open to any 4-H rabbit project exhibitor. Each 4-H Rabbit Illustrated Talk should be original and of a practical nature related to some phase of the rabbit industry. Elaborate and expensive equipment cannot be justified.
The Illustrated Talk should last 5-7 minutes. Judges will deduct points when the presentation exceeds maximum minutes allowed. Previous winners may compete again, but must select and present a different topic.
Each participant will receive a blue, red, or white placing as determined by the judge.
All participants are eligible in the following divisions:
Novice — 4-H members in the 3rd or 4th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Junior — 4-H member in the 5th or 6th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Intermediate — 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Senior - 4-H member in the 9th or 10th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Master - 4-H member in the 11th grade or above on January 1st of the current year.
Additional information on preparing a 4-H Illustrated Talk is available from the county Extension office. Ask for 4-H 689 (4-H communication activities).
Rabbit Poster Exhibit
Level 1 — 4-H members in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Level 2 — 4-H member in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade on January 1st of the current year.
Level 3 — 4-H members in the 9th grade or above on January 1st of the current year.
The 4-H rabbit poster exhibit is open to any 4-H member who enrolls in the project by April 1st and is not limited to exhibitors of 4-H rabbits. 4-H’er’s may also use their 4-H rabbit poster as part of a 4-H rabbit illustrated talk. The purpose of the poster shall be to visually demonstrate 4-H rabbit project knowledge and to demonstrate to others, 4-H rabbit project possibilities.
1. Each poster must have been made by the 4-H member enrolled in the current year’s 4-H program.
2. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section, the “Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules” section, and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms” section.
3. Standards of evaluation (Total – 100 points)
a) content and information (accuracy and completeness)–- 40 points
b) originality and creativeness (attracts interest, encourages thought — 25 points
c) overall appearance/appealing (neatness, arrangement, background, workmanship, attention to detail) — 15 points
d) suitable subject and age appropriate (matches child’s age and ability) — 10 points
e) conveys message/accomplishes purpose — 5 points
f) meets exhibit requirements — 5 points
Rabbit Ambassador Contest
(previously known as Rabbit Royalty)
Novice-4-H member in the 3rd or 4th grade on January 1stcurrent year
Junior-4-H member in the 5th or 6th grade on January 1stof the current year
Intermediate-4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade on January 1st of the current year
Senior-4-H member in the 9th or 10th grade on January 1stof the current year
Master-4-H member in the 11th or 12th grade on January 1stof the current year
General information and requirements:
1. Category winners are not eligible to compete in the same category again. They may, however, compete in the next higher category. Past winners of the Master category are not eligible to compete again.
2. No resource or reference material may be used during the contest by the participants.
3. Contestants must provide a #2 pencil for writing purposes.
4. Questions for the contest will be taken from the publications .
a) Rabbit Resource Handbook for Breeding, Market and Pet Rabbit Projects (Ohio State Pub 228R) available at the Extension Office or on reserve at the Putnam County Library.
b) Standard of Perfection 2011-2015 (published by ARBA)
c) In the event of a conflict of information, the Standard of Perfection is considered the authority.
1.) Test-100 points
a. novice and junior categories
b. intermediate, senior, master categories
c. Questions may be true-false, multiple choice, matching combination thereof.
2.) Breed Identification - 60 points
a. Identify ten (10) rabbits according to showroom classification and class.
b. Showroom classification refers to the term used to enter the rabbit in a show thereby indicating how it is shown. Specifically, the Netherland Dwarf rabbit is shown by variety and should be identified by variety only. The Jersey Wooly breed is shown by groups and should be identified by group only.
3.) Showmanship-100 points
a. Each contestant must furnish his/her own rabbit and bring the rabbit to the judge in a carrier. All rabbits must be tattooed.
b. The rabbit should be in a solid bottom carrier.
c. Showmanship contestants must use a rabbit they have listed on their rabbit enrollment form. However, this rabbit does not have to be exhibited at the current year’s 4-H fair.
d. Contestants should refer to the 4-H Ambassador Contest Showmanship Score Sheet as a resource. This form is available from the County Extension Office or on the Purdue University 4-H website
Record Sheet (click here)
Rabbit Pen Form (click here)
Rabbit Enrollment Form (click here)
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