Rabbit Club hopes spring festival brings them closer to Texas trip

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By Linda Ireland

Rotten weather has hampered fundraising efforts of the 4-H Rabbit Club. They’re depending on a “spring fling” to bring in enough money to attend and compete at the American Rabbit Breeders Association’s National Convention in Texas in November.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at LaRue County Park and Recreation Community Center.
They’ve raised about $1,500 of the $7,000 they need to cover most of the expenses for a dozen club members.
After 4-Her Michaela Rock’s success last year at the convention (she was part of a multi-state judging team that took second in the nation), leaders Angela Rock and Joy Decker wanted to make sure others had the same opportunity.
Angela Rock, Michaela’s mom, said her daughter “came back from convention and said ‘I want our club to go next year….”
The club held a holiday marketplace, a pancake breakfast and parents night out in an attempt to boost its checkbook. They made some money but icy conditions kept potential customers away from the events.
“Weather has not been our friend,” said Angela Rock. “I’m hoping the weather holds out for the spring fling.”
There will be about 50 vendors selling arts and crafts, candles and personal care items. There will be several food vendors – including barbecue and desserts.
Magician Aaron Harp will perform several shows throughout the day.
There will be inflatable games and pony rides, weather permitting.
“We’re trying to make it something everybody can come and enjoy,” said Rock.
The national convention provides a venue for competition in rabbit breed identification, showmanship, written tests and interviews.
“There’s so much more to it than just throwing a rabbit in a cage and showing it,” said Rock. “There is a lot of work that goes into it.”
For more information, call Rock at 270-401-3207 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Larue-Co-4-H-Rabbit-Clubs-Journey-to-Texa....