NEW ULM - A high concentration of purple ribbons and trophies will be heading back to the Leavenworth Area after Thursday's 4-H Rabbit Show at the Brown County Fair.
Specifically, they will be heading to the farm of Lee and Judy Johnson, north of Sleepy Eye. Their three children, Katelyn, 17, Ashley, 15, and Isaac, 10, grabbed a couple of handfuls of hardware.
Katelyn showed the Grand Champion Rabbit, a black otter colored Mini-Rex.
Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney
The Johnson Family from the Leavenworth Lucky Clovers mopped up a lot of awards in the Brown County 4-H?Rabbit Show on Thursday. From left are Isaac, Ashley and Katelyn.
Sister Ashley took the Grand Champion Senior Showmanship Award, while Isaac nabbed the Junior Showmanship award.
Ashley explained that in showmanship, one has to know a lot about the rabbit you are showing, but also a lot about other breeds, and you have to communication that to the judge.
Ashley may be the oldest of the three, but she has only been showing rabbits for a couple of years. By comparison, Isaac has four years of show experience, he said.
The Johnsons didn't win all the ribbons.
Ema Matter of the Milford 4-H Club, was the Reserve Champion Rabbit winner with her black Mini-Rex, and she was also the Champion Intermediate Showmanship winner.
She is the daughter of Brandon and Tessa Matter.
Kaylyn Severin proved you don't have to live on a farm to succeed at 4-H. She's the daughter of Tina and Bruce Severin in New Ulm, and a member of the Milford 4-H. She won the championship trophy for Best Pen of Three, and will be taking a market rabbit to the State Fair as well.