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Siblings talk rabbits at rabbit show

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From left, Hanah and Haylee Brink, both 17, stand with two of the rabbits they entered in Monday’s Rabbit Show at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair. (Alex Ross Photo)

Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds were abuzz with activity Monday, as people prepared their livestock entries for this year’s Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair.

One of the highlights of the week-long fair — the rabbit show — happened Monday.

In all, there were 138 entries in this year’s show, including 15 meat pens, according to Todie Armstrong, superintendent of the Rabbit Show. Meat pens are cages that contain three rabbits raised to be sold for meat.

Hanah Brink and her twin sister Haylee, both 17, entered meat pens in this year’s show. The sisters are raising about 30 rabbits at their home and have entered rabbits in the show each year since they were 8 years of age.

Rabbits require constant attention from their owners, who must clean and feed them, and provide them with drinking water, said Haylee Brink. Such daily responsibilities impart on young people important lessons.

“It teaches you how to grow up and be an adult basically. It prepares you for the future,” she said.

This year, the Brinks did not win a prize for their entries, but have taken the situation in stride. Hanah Brink said whether they win or not, the fair can still be good.

“It is the experience that you get from it,” Hanah Brink said.

Winners of this year’s rabbit show were Caleb Scott, 15, for Best in Show for his rabbit that is six to eight weeks old. He was very excited at the outcome.

Scott’s sister Caleigh, 12, won second place Reserve Grand Champion for meat pen. She said that she was excited and shocked to win.

“It’s a blessing that we won,” Caleigh Scott said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.