Tuesday’s livestock exhibition at the 27th annual Ellis County Youth Expo opened with the continuation of the market rabbit show.

Youth exhibitors will be representing several Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H and FCCLA clubs for all across the county during the five-day event. These youth have been working with the parents and sponsors for more than a year to prepare their animal projects for the competition.

Judge Mike Whitworth worked through 50 pens of three rabbits each during the show.

“Separating the market from the breeding animals made it easier due to the sheer number of animals,” Whitworth said. “I was able to come in fresh today, prepared for a long judging round.”

To complete the market judging took a little more than four hours. Each of the 50 exhibitors brought three rabbits that weighed as close to the same weight, with the animals weighted right at 4 pounds each.

While examining each animal, Whitworth told the exhibitors and audience what characteristics that made a quality animal.

“The kids did very well they were polite and very nice. For the most part, they were very knowledgeable and were very good showmen,” Whitworth said, commenting on the show quality of animals and exhibitors. “The animals were better than a lot shows I’ve seen. They are a good representation of what a market rabbit should be. This is a testament to the dedication of the kids to bring to the ring a consistent pen.”

Working down through the elimination process, Delaney Saurers was named the grand champion of the run. Sauers is a 10th grade student in Avalon and is a member of the Avalon FFA.

Coming in with the reserve champion was Alixis Payne. Payne is a seventh grade student at Palmer Intermediate School. She is a member of Palmer FFA.