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Youth from Ohio, including a few from Fulton County, placed high in competition at the American Rabbit Breeders Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Jessica Torres, Fayette, a member of the Just Raisin’ Hare 4H Club from Delta, was the national first-place winner in the individual intermediate breed ID competition. Torres racked up a higher score than any other Ohio youth of any age.

Torres; Trey Rupp, rural Wauseon, Pettisville Ever- Ready 4H Club; and Kelsey Brown and Alyssa Galford, of Williams County, were members of the intermediate breed ID Youth team, which won.

Taylor Kruse, rural Wauseon, Pettisville Ever-Ready Club, and Jonathon Hoffman, Delta, Just Raisin’ Hare Club, joined Katie Brown of Geauga County and Hannah Means, Jefferson County, on the senior breed ID team, which took second place.

Krista Thierry, Wauseon, Pettisville Ever-Ready Club, won first place in management, limited district eight.

Jill Stechschulte, 4H Youth Development director for the Ohio State University Fulton County Extension office, said 37 youth from Northwest Ohio attended the convention.

In the ID competition, youth are required to view a rabbit then determine its breed and other features.

“There are 47 varieties of rabbits. Then you have the color, which in some breeds is silver, and in others is called gray. Then there are four different types of fur.

“By the time you multiply it all out, there are about 1,000 different possibilities,” she said.

Stechschulte said in Fulton County, there are 298 youth who are working with rabbit projects for 4H competitions and the Fulton County Fair.

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