Lawrence County 4H Rabbit Club members shine at Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Lawrence County 4H Rabbit Club shined at the 2022 Indiana State Fair this year.

Brooklyn Peterson and Isabelle Barker represented the Lawrence County 4-H rabbit club during the 4-H Rabbit Show. 

Isabelle Barker grooming her rabbit before the show.

Brooklyn competed in the Checkered Giant class and won Best of Breed. Isabelle showed her Jersey Wooly rabbits and received five, second place ribbons. 

Brooklyn Peters

Brooklyn and Isabelle had their individual rabbit posters from the Lawrence County 4-H Fair selected to compete at the 2022 4-H State Competition. Brooklyn won a blue ribbon. Isabelle received an orange ribbon, which is for exceptional blue merit. 

Bryleigh Littrell

Bryleigh Littrell represented the Lawrence County 4-H Rabbit Club in the Informative Oral Presentation at the State Fair. Bryleigh received a blue ribbon for her presentation on rabbit care. The contestants were required to give a 5-7 minute power presentation to the judges and audience.

Lawrence County 4H Rabbit Club members ready to compete in Ambassador contest. From right to left, Andrew McKnight, Heaven Cooper, Josie Lamm, and Isabelle Barker.

Four members of the Lawrence County 4-H Rabbit Club represented the county at the 2022 State Rabbit Ambassador contest. The Rabbit Ambassador contest is a comprehensive evaluation of a 4-H member’s knowledge and skills in the area of rabbits. The evaluation is composed of 3 parts: showmanship, breed identification, and a written test. 

Isabelle Barker evaluating her rabbit during showmanship for the judge.

During breed identification each contestant must identify 10 rabbits listing their breed, their class, and showroom classification. This portion is worth 60 points.

Rabbits used for Breed Identification test

The written test is worth 100 points. The 2 younger levels are given 25 questions and the older levels are given 50.

Heaven Cooper taking the written test.

During the showmanship portion, the contestant demonstrates their ability to evaluate their rabbit according to breed standards. The judge watches for their ability to maintain control of their rabbit while completing a head to tail evaluation of their rabbit. This portion is worth 100 points. 

Josie Lamm telling the judge about her rabbit.

The contestants must win their age group at their county fair to move onto the state level. It is divided into 5 age groups. This year there were 127 contestants from across the state.

Andrew McKnight doing showman ship.

The Lawrence county representatives were: Josie Lamm in the Novice division (3rd & 4th grade), Andrew McKnight in at the Junior division (5th and 6th grade), Isabelle Barker who competed in the Intermediate division (7 & 8th grade) and Heaven Cooper who competed in the Senior division (9 & 10th grade).