Agirculture

Cumberland County’s Myers and Lanahan Hop Over the Competition at 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA – Hundreds of exhibitors from across Pennsylvania gathered in Harrisburg this morning at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to compete in the open and youth rabbit show at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

There were 49 breeds of rabbits and 13 breeds of cavies in today’s show including everything from American Fuzzy Lops to Mini Rexs to Texels to Flemish Giants.

​During the open breeding rabbit show, Megan Myers from Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County took the title of Best Rabbit in Show with her New Zealand white senior doe, while Sally Turner from Philipsburg, Centre County, took reserve champion with her Dwarf Hotot senior buck. The title of Best Cavy in Show was awarded to Becky Lanahan from Spring City, Chester County, with her Coronet senior boar, and reserve was awarded to Lisa Swatsky from Kulpmont, Northumberland County, with her Silkie senior boar.

The youth breeding rabbit show concluded with Jamie Berkebile from Johnstown, Cambria County, receiving the title of Best Rabbit in Show with his tan senior buck, and Lauren Wilson from Shermans Dale, Perry County, won the title of reserve with her Florida White senior buck. Best Cavy in Show for the youth division was awarded to Kaitlyn Flaherty from Bernville, Berks County, with her American senior sow, and reserve was taken by Jamie Berkebile from Johnstown, Cambria County, with his White Crested senior sow.
Show rabbits and cavies are evaluated based upon having excellent fur and flesh condition and smooth and solid bodies. They must also be balanced in body, head, ear shape, and ear length. However, each breed is also judged on their own unique qualities.

Eight judges were featured in Friday’s breeding rabbit show, including Ruth-Ann Bell of Jonestown, Lebanon County; John Graybeal of Annville, Lebanon County; Benjamin Haagen of Howard, Centre County; Everett Hopper of Columbia, Lancaster County; Pam Nock of Jamestown, Mercer County; Piper Smith of Saylorsburg, Monroe County; Eric Stewart of Emlenton, Venango County; and Kim Weems of Frederick, Md.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 6 – 13, 2018. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.

Source:Pennsylvania Farm Show

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