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Showing animals at summer fair is rewarding for 4-Hers

Veteran 4-Her Lindsay Pearl shows off one of her three Jersey Wooly rabbits. She enjoys improving each year at the Hubbard County Fair. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Colin Mack shows several chickens at the Hubbard County Fair. The 4-Her likes raising chickens and goats. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

For 4-H kids, the Hubbard County Fair is the culmination of months and months of hard work.

Colin Mack, 12, is showing chickens and goats this week at the fair, which runs through Sunday.

He really likes raising chickens from the time they hatch.

"They're fun to work with," he said. "Sometimes they follow me around. The chickens tip over their food all the time."

Mack enjoys preparing for the fair and showing his animals as well.

"I get a little nervous and stuff at first, but I like to win the ribbons," he said.

Lindsay Pearl, 17, has been showing animals in 4-H for about five years.

Each year she learns more about how to raise and show animals.

"I think it gets addicting," she said. "Each year you learn a lot and do a little better than the year before."

At this year's fair, Pearl showed three Jersey Wooly rabbits. She also prepared to show her horse and submitted photography.

The rabbits are difficult to raise but showing them is the benefit, she said.

"I breed these myself," Pearl said. "It gets easier after you've done it before."

Vanessa Tranby also showed rabbits at this year's Hubbard County Fair. The 9-year-old from Akeley said this is her second year showing rabbits.

She had a pen of three rabbits for the judge to look at. The judge typically looks at meat quality and how the three resemble each other.

She keeps the rabbits at two aunts' houses.

"She's the designated rabbit feeder when we're gone," her aunt, Jennifer Keranen, said.

Caroline Drury brought her dog, Stormy, to the fair to go through an agility course. This was her first year, she said.

A 4-H auction is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today (Saturday) at the fairgrounds, along with a horse fun show and animal auction at 10 a.m.

The 4-Hers will conclude with an awards program at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.