No rabbit shows for 2020 due to risk of RHDV2 and recommended guidelines from the state vet.
Superintendent: Sandra Allen and Saundra Sanders
Open to all ARBA recognized breeds and mixed breeds
- Rabbits will be inspected on the grounds by fair personnel. Any rabbit exhibiting signs of disease, malnutrition or illness will be immediately removed from the fairgrounds by the owner.
- All exhibitors must comply with these rules as well as the exhibitor and general livestock rules as listed on this website.
- All rabbits including mixed breeds must be in the possession of the exhibitor no later than July 28, 2020. Pre-registration will be required for all rabbit entries. You may obtain an entry form below or at the extension office.
- Eligibility for Youth Show, Meat Pen, and Single Fryer: This division is limited to students who are bona fide members of an Arkansas 4-H Club or FFA Chapter in good standing. Exhibitors may exhibit in this show no later than the fall after graduating from high school.Eligibility for Open Show: Exhibitors eligible for this show are only those that cannot show in their respective age groups in the 4-H and FFA.
- Ear Marks – All rabbits must have permanent and legible tattoos in the left ear.
- Rabbit entries will arrive on the fairgrounds on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from noon to 8 p.m. and are required to stay until Sunday, August 23, 2020. After judging, some rabbits may be released ONLY with the permission of the rabbit superintendent. Rabbits not adhering to this rule will forfeit all prized and premium money.
- No changes or substitutions will be made after August 4, 2020.
- Rabbits will be judged on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The show will begin at 5:00 p.m. Youth Exhibitors MUST place their rabbits on the show table during the Youth Show, Meat Pen, and Single Fryer competitions.
All judging will be governed by the latest standards of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. However this will NOT be an ARBA sanctioned show.
BREEDING RABBIT CLASSES
4-Class Rabbits – Breeds that are (8) pounds and under are classed as follows:
- Six (6) months and under, Junior Buck and Junior Doe.
- Over six (6) months, Senior Buck and Senior Doe.
Example Breeds: Holland Lop, Netherland Dwarf, Jersey Wooly, Mini Rex, Mini Lop, Dwarf Hoto, Dutch, Himalayan, Polish, Florida White, Thrianta
6-Class Rabbits – Breeds that are eight-and-one-half (8 1/2) pounds and over are classed as follows:
- Six (6) months and under, Junior Buck and Junior Doe
- Six to Eight (6-8) months, Intermediate Buck and Intermediate Doe
- Six (6) months and over, Senior Buck and Senior Doe
Example Breeds: Californian, New Zealand, Satin, Crème D’Argent, Champagne D’Argent, Cinnamon, Flemish Giant, English Lop, Palamino, Rex, Silver Martin
Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-3rd place. From the 4 and 6 Class rabbits, a Best in Show and a Reserve Best in Show will be awarded. The breeding rabbits are NOT eligible for the premium auction.
All mixed breed rabbits will be judged in a single “pet” rabbit class and are NOT eligible for the Best in Show award. An award will be given for the Best Pet and Reserve Best Pet Rabbit.
MEAT PEN and SINGLE FRYER (Youth Only)
A Meat Pen will consist of three (3) rabbits. Meat pen rabbits should be as identical as possible especially in regard to weight and body type.
A Single Fryer is an individual rabbit.
- Rabbits must weigh no more than five and one-half (5.5) pounds and no less than three and one-half (3.5) pounds per rabbit at the time of the fair.
- Rabbits must be no more than 10 weeks of age at fair time.
- Meat Pen and Single Fryer rabbits must be in the possession of the bona fide owner no later than July 20, 2018.
- Meat Pen and Single Fryer rabbits must be registered with the Extension Office no later than July 20, 2018. (479-754-2240)
Grand and Reserve Meat Pen and Grand and Reserve Single Fryer will be eligible for the premium auction and receive a sponsored prize. Ribbons will be awarded 1st – 3rd place.
Rabbit Showmanship is open to all exhibitors that show their rabbit in the rabbit show. Showmanship consists of the exhibitor displaying their rabbit to the judge while being able to have control of the rabbit at all times and discuss rabbit fundamentals to the judge. Exhibitors may also be required to answer questions the judge may have about their breed of rabbit. The Arkansas State Fair Rabbit Showmanship guidelines will be followed.
- Senior Exhibitors ages 14 to 19
- Junior Exhibitors ages 9 to 13
- Little Tyke Exhibitors ages 8 and under
Both Senior and Junior Showmanship winners will receive a sponsored prize. Little Tykes will receive participation awards.