Busy Beginnings: Rabbit show, projects highlight fast-paced start to fair week


Monday was a busy day of fair for me.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to pack lunch and load up my chickens and rabbits for the shows.

I got to the fair at 8 a.m. and started working as a junior superintendent for the rabbit show, and I also showed a Netherland dwarf and competed in senior showmanship.

I received a champion ribbon and trophy for the Netherland dwarf and a blue ribbon for showmanship.

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After the rabbit show, I went home to load rabbits and pick up five more chickens.

This was my first year showing, so it was very confusing and hard to figure everything out, but I did very well. I received three trophies, grand champion in eggs, champion in class and best pullet and cockerel in class.

The show lasted until 6 p.m., and I started teaching animal biosecurity in the 4-H barn until 8 p.m. Sydney and I taught about 75 people.

After finishing teaching, I started working in the 4-H building, where I got to talk to my friend, Lynne, who I only see a couple of times a year.

As I worked, I talked with a church friend, and it made time go by really fast before we closed up the 4-H building. I went over and got three scoops of butter pecan ice cream from the Farm Bureau building.

After closing up, I walked to DB’s satellite booth and talked to my pastor before leaving the fair.

Michael Claycamp is a 15-year-old Cortland resident and sophomore at Seymour High School.

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