From perfect symmetry to teeth that don’t overlap, judging the rabbit show on Tuesday during the 83rd annual Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair was tough.
Returning judge Aspen Robert of San Angelo said across the board, all rabbits entered in either the breeding or market show were good quality, but in the end the grand and reserve champions won by a hare.
In the breeding rabbits show, Colton Spruce of Burleson Centennial FFA won grand champion, with Ethan Hemsath of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion.
This was Spruce’s first year to show rabbits.
“It makes me feel like I should push forward in my career,” he said. “It takes a lot of patience and plenty of hard work.”
In the market friar show, Decara Hemsath of Friendship 4-Hwon grand champion, with Payton Kvalheim of Community 4-H winning reserve champion.
Showmanship winners included Colton Spruce of Burleson Centennial FFA who won champion senior showmanship, with Brenna Smith of Joshua FFAwinning reserve champion senior showmanship.
Saylor Kvalheim of Community 4-Hwon champion intermediate showmanship, with Brandon White of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion intermediate showmanship.
Decara Hemsath of Friendship 4-H won champion junior showmanship, withEthan Hemsath of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion junior showmanship.
The 83rd Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair runs through Friday
Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
Exhibitors retain possession of their entries after the sale so they can campaign in other shows across Texas over the next few months.
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