Showing their skills

(Front row, from left) Local 4-H members Madison Rogers, Ella Smith, Alexis Klockziem, David Servinski, Grace Servinski competed in the 2017 State 4-H Rabbit Show at Michigan State University recently. Also pictured (back row, from left) are 4-H volunteers and parents Melvin Rogers, Tristyn Klockziem, Jennifer Wasson, Lillian Wasson and Elaine Bossingham who accompanied them on the trip. (Courtesy photo)

(Front row, from left) Local 4-H members Madison Rogers, Ella Smith, Alexis Klockziem, David Servinski, Grace Servinski competed in the 2017 State 4-H Rabbit Show at Michigan State University recently. Also pictured (back row, from left) are 4-H volunteers and parents Melvin Rogers, Tristyn Klockziem, Jennifer Wasson, Lillian Wasson and Elaine Bossingham who accompanied them on the trip. (Courtesy photo)

Local 4-H members compete at state rabbit show

MANISTEE COUNTY — Local 4-H’ers showed off their knowledge and livestock skills recently at a statewide level.

Eight members of the Lucky Hooves and Livestock 4-H group from Manistee and Benzie counties traveled recently to Michigan State University for the 2017 State 4-H Rabbit Show on Jan. 28.

Ella Smith, Madison Rogers, Tristyn Klockziem, Alexis Klockziem, David Servinski, Grace Servinski, Rachel Coffin and Lillian Wasson participated in the show; they were accompanied by 4-H volunteers and parents Jennifer Wasson, Patrick McCarry, Elaine Bossingham, John Schimke and Melvin Rogers.

“It’s a big show, if you don’t have quality animals to show, you wouldn’t bring them,” said Jennifer Wasson, 4-H leader for the Lucky Hooves and Livestock. “The breeds they have, they’re not backyard rabbits. They have to be in good condition to show them.”

All members participated in breed classes, showing rabbits following breeds: New Zealand, Giant Chinchilla, Mini Lop, Dutch, Satin and Mini Rex. Madison Rogers won Best of Breed for Giant Chinchilla and two first place ribbons in New Zealand rabbits.

“I was impressed by the amount of rabbits and their owners that were there. I’d never seen so many rabbits in one place,” Madison Rogers said. “It was definitely an experience I’m glad I didn’t miss. It was even better because my ‘show family’ was there. As we say, ‘Those who show together, stay together!'”

Tristyn Klockziem participated in Breed Identification and competed in Gold Clover Showmanship with other local county fair winners. She won Manistee County Fair’s Rabbit Showmanship in the fall.

Lillian Wasson participated in Cloverbud Showmanship.

This is the second year the Lucky Hooves and Livestock 4-H group has made the trip to the state show. Jennifer Wasson said that while each entrant pays $3 per class to enter, there are free things as well.

“There’s vendors for purchasing rabbit equipment,” she said. “It’s a learning experience as well and they get to meet other kids from around the state.”

Wasson said it also gives the youngsters experience.

“The more they participate in the winter, … when it comes around to fair and showmanship, it’s easier,” she said.

Lucky Hooves and Livestock members also participate in several state and international levels for horses, cattle and goats.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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