The Herald Bulletin

July 16, 2012

Rising early to get rabbits ready

High school junior hopes for trophy

By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — By the time you read this, Emilee Hollingsworth will have been up for hours, prepping and primping, cleaning and clipping the nails of her 18 rabbits, readying them for judging at the Madison County 4-H Fair.

Showtime is 8 a.m. Tuesday.

And Emilee hopes to take home some metal.

The 17-year-old high school junior has been raising rabbits for seven years.

“I knew I couldn’t have a horse,” said Emilee, who was raised in Summitville. “But I knew it would be easy to take care of a rabbit.”

While she’s won many ribbons, trophies have eluded her so far.

Emilee thinks she may have winners with two Silver Fox rabbits that are rare here in Indiana.

These rabbits have luxurious back fur flecked with silver highlights.

In addition to showing rabbits, Emilee also has chickens entered competition.

“I learn something every day,” she said.

After graduating from high school Emilee plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College to begin working on a nursing degree before transferring to a four-year school.

However, she doesn’t plan to give up showing rabbits. She can compete for one more year in 4-H programs. After that, she’ll be able to enter adult competitions.

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