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January 16, 2020

4-H'ers must turn in a completed GRADE APPROPRIATE QUESTION/ANSWER SHEET, or an ACTIVITY SHEET THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AT A LIVSTOCK WORKSHOP, and a completed, signed record sheet on or before JUNE 29, 2020, 4:00 PM  to the Extension Office.  No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING/NO AUCTION.


  1. By submitting your online entries, 4-H Exhibitors agree to all Terms & Conditions of the Rabbit Project and Noble County General Rules.
  2. 4-H Exhibitors and any person affiliated with them shall treat officials and judges with respect.
  3. All Classes will be judged according to ages and weights as closely as possible that are established by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA). Each breed will be judged separate except for Commercial Show classes (see below). The book of Standards may be obtained from the ARBA, 8 Westport Court, Bloomington, IL 60712 or contact the Extension office or a committee member.
  4. To qualify to exhibit in the Noble County Born and Raised classes, the exhibitor must provide pedigree of Doe toe the Rabbit Committee by the May meeting as proof of ownership. Please see page 89 of the OSU Rabbit Resource Handbook for the definitions of Junior, Intermediate and Senior class rabbits.
  5. All rabbits must stay the entire Fair week.
  6. Rabbits will be checked for signs of sickness or disease by members of the Rabbit Committee before being penned. Any rabbit showing visible signs of poor health must be removed from the fairgrounds and will not be shown.
  7. A 4-H'er may use NO MORE THAN TWELVE (10) CAGES at the fair (one (1) animal per cage except meat pens) and may exhibit NO MORE THAN FOUR (4) BREEDS. Commercial Show pens will each be considered as one (1) entry.
  8. Does and nursing litters cannot be shown.
  9. Carrying cages cannot remain in or be stored in the building.
  10. Rabbits must be penned in permanent cages in the building during Fair week.
  11. Extra food, water or other equipment may be stored in the lockers provided at the back of the Rabbit Barn only.
  12. Advertising will not be permitted on 4-H rabbit exhibits, including rabbitry names on cages or show coats.
  13. PRIVATE SALE OF RABBITS – an Exhibitor may sell 4-H rabbits privately AFTER the conclusion of the 4-H Rabbit Show that are not designated for the 4-H auction. Offering an animal for sale prior to this time (including posting a for sale tag on the cage) violates the 4-H animal ownership statement and will result in the rabbit(s) being ineligible for 4-H competition.  Regardless of sale, rabbits are to remain in the barn and cared for by the 4-H Exhibitor until the rabbit release stated time.
  14. Breed Show Rabbits and any Commercial Show Rabbits NOT being sold in auction must be removed from the Fairgrounds on Thursday between 4 PM and 8 PM RABBITS/CLEANED CAGES MUST BE CHECKED OUT BY THE 4-H RABBIT COMMITTEE.
  15. All 4-H Exhibitors are responsible on show day for bringing their 4-H Rabbits to and from the judging table themselves. Only 4-H Exhibitors may show rabbits at the judging table.
  16. Classes will be called THREE times. If a rabbit is not on the judging table after the third call, the presiding Judge has the discretion to include rabbits in the breed if the judging in that breed has not yet completed.
  17. All written rules apply unless otherwise posted in the barn by the Rabbit Committee.
  18. Rabbit Committee decisions are final.


  1. Exhibitors must have ownership and possession of rabbits possible to be shown at fair by or before May 15th.
  2. All possible rabbits that may be shown at the Fair must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by May 15 . The online animal ID website is located at:   IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE 4-H’ER TO IDENTIFY THEIR ANIMALS AT 4-H ONLINE.  THE EXTENSION OFFICE WILL NOT ID ANY ANIMALS ONLINE.
  3. On or before June 22, 2020, exhibitors must choose from their May 15th ID’ed Rabbit(s) which they will show at the fair, and list them using
  4. NO tattoo, breed or variety changes will be accepted.
  5. Only change of sex (buck/doe) and age up changes will be accepted.
  6. Rabbit(s) must be permanently marked having a legible ear tattoo in the rabbit's left ear.
  8. If you need your rabbit tattooed, please contact a committee member.
  9. Permanent marker is NOT permitted.


4-H Rabbit check in 8 AM till 11 AM on Saturday, July 11, 2020 in the Rabbit barn.

Rabbit Showmanship begins at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in the Sheep/Goat/Swine arena.

Rabbit Commercial and Breed Show begins at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in the Sheep/Goat/Swine arena.

Non Auction Rabbit Release will be on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


  1. 4-H Exhibitors are completely responsible for the care and custody of their Rabbit Exhibits while at the fairgrounds.
  2. 4-H Exhibitors MUST feed, water, and care for their own stock using the provided equipment (feeder and waterer) by or before 9:00 PM each night that rabbits are at the fairgrounds. If an exhibitor chooses to use their own water bottle, it must be hung INSIDE the cage.
  3. 4-H Exhibitors are responsible for maintaining a clean and attractive exhibit for the public which includes maintaining clean pens. Pans can be cleaned by placing contents in the manure pit area behind the Rabbit barn and putting in new shavings regularly.  
  4. Barn will be locked by or before 10 PM.
  5. If your animals are not fed and watered properly when checked daily by the Superintendent, the 4-H'er will RECEIVE A WARNING. If a second offense occurs, the $5.00 deposit will be forfeited. NO EXCEPTIONS.


  1. All fees MUST be paid on check in day. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility to show animals at the fair.
  2. Required: $10 Project Fee per exhibitor must be paid prior to June 1st to the Rabbit Committee Treasurer
  3. Optional: $8.00 t-shirt per exhibitor to be paid prior to June 1st toe the Rabbit Committee Treasurer
  4. Required: Additional $1.00 per pen rental fee is due when rabbits enter.
  5. $5.00 may be refundable per exhibitor if:
    1. Cages, pans (even the bottom area) and barn area are cleaned.
    2. Must request refund upon being checked out by rabbit committee member on designated clean up date.


Showmanship Classes are divided as follows:

Rookie--------------grade 3 Junior--------------grades 4-5

Intermediate -----grades 6-7 Senior -------------grades 8-10

Premier ----------- grades 11-12 

Rabbit ID–identify ten (10) pre-selected senior rabbits with breed-variety/group-class

Showmanship Judging: bring your rabbit to the judging area to critique for a judge.



  1. SIX CLASS MEAT PEN: Three (3) rabbits of the same breed weighing 3.5 to 5.5 pounds each and not over 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of show.
  2. SIX CLASS SINGLE FRYER: One (1) rabbit weighing between 3.5 to 5.5 pounds and not over ten 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of the show. Single Fryer Rabbits may be taken and shown from the 4-H'ers Rabbit Meat Pen.
  3. FOUR CLASS PEN OF THREE: Three (3) rabbits of the same breed that must not exceed minimum weight of the four class breed and not over 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of the show and most closely represent the characteristics of that breed standard.
  4. SIX CLASS Single Stewer: One (1) rabbit at least six months of age or more, with minimum weight of 8 pounds, judged for its commercial qualities.
  5. SIX CLASS SINGLE ROASTER: One (1) rabbit weighing between 5.5-8 pounds and not over 8 months of age, judged for its commercial qualities. Single Roaster Rabbits may be taken and shown from the 4-H’ers Roaster Meat Pen.
  6. A. Noble County 4-H Member Bred, Born and Raised Classes:  REQUIREMENT: To qualify to exhibit in any born raised classes, the 4-H Exhibitor MUST provide pedigree of the Doe to the Rabbit Committee as proof of ownership by the May meeting.
    1. CLASS SINGLE FRYER is defined as:  One rabbit weighing between 3.5 to 5.5 lbs, and not over ten (10) weeks (70 days) of age on  the day of show.
    2. 6 CLASS SINGLE ROASTER is defined as:  One rabbit weighing 5.5 to 8 lbs, and not over 8 months of age. 

      1. Pedigree must accompany the above mentioned rabbits and be presented to the Committee at the May Workshop of the current year.  
      2. The Noble County 4-H Member Bred, Born and Raised classes mentioned above will show in their own classes respectively at the Fair, and will also be eligible to show in the regular Commercial Show.
      3. By signing the Noble County 4-H Member Bred, Born and Raised Doe/Dam ownership form, you certify under penalty of disqualification that the information on that form is accurate and that you are breeding and raising these rabbits on your property.  Disqualification for this reason will eliminate the member from auctioning his/her rabbits.
      4. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected in each Commercial category.
  1. Rabbits shown in the Commercial Show are NOT eligible to compete in the Breed Show.


  1. All Classes will be judged according to ages and weights as established by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA).
  2. Each breed will be judged separately.
  3. A Best 4 Class (Senior/Junior classes) and a Best 6 Class

(Senior/lntermediate (6-8)/Junior Classes) will be selected from the Best of Breed animals in each breed. A Best in Show will then be selected from these two.


  1. ONLY Commercial Show Rabbit(s) that were shown in the Commercial Show are eligible to be sold through auction. No other individual animals will be allowed through auction.  NOTE: If the Commercial rabbit(s) do not meet weight requirements of their chosen class, they are ineligible to be sold through the auction.
  2. Notification to sell Commercial Show Rabbit(s) in the auction must be given to the Weighmaster within one (1) hour of the completion of the rabbit show.  The weights recorded at checkin will be used.



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