The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. Today's installment was submitted by Christine Jones.

On Friday, June 7, 4-H members from Wild River, Pine Grove and Giddy Up N Goat 4-H clubs headed up the road to Redmond, Ore., to attend the annual Oregon League of Rabbit and Cavy Breeders' state rabbit and cavy convention.

Club members unloaded their rabbits at the show site and then went back to the motel to swim.

The shows started bright and early Saturday. Several hundred rabbits and around 150 cavies were entered at each show. Del Norte County 4-H'ers showed Californians, Mini Rex, Himalayans, Mini Lops and a Cream d'Argent.

Several of the rabbits earned legs toward their grand champions.

There were two open shows Saturday, as well as a youth royalty contest. Taylor Jones, from Wild River 4-H, competed in the rabbit and cavy royalty contest.

Each state rabbit association offers royalty contests for youth ages 18 and under and is divided into four age groups: King and Queen, ages 15andndash;18, Duke and Duchess, ages 12andndash;14, Prince and Princess, ages 9andndash;11, and Lord and Lady, ages 9 and younger.

Taylor previously competed in the Lady and Princess divisions. The Youth Royalty contest consists of five parts: applications, judging contest, written test, oral interview, and breed/color identification. Contestants must fill out a written application that addresses various areas of a rabbit project. They also judge three classes of rabbits, complete a written test, an oral interview and identify the breed and color of several different breeds of rabbit.

Taylor received third runner-up in the Duchess division.

After the Saturday shows, many participants attended the Oregon League of Rabbit and Cavy Breeders' awards dinner at a nearby restaurant.After dinner and dessert, an auction was held to raise funds for scholarships to help youth attend the National Royalty Contest at the American Rabbit Breeders' Association National Convention, followed by club awards.

Sunday morning it was back to the fairgrounds for open and youth shows. Ashlee Hicks received a Best of Breed on her Californian and Taylor Jones' Cream d'Argent also received Best of Breed. Both competed for Best in Show at the youth show.After Best in Show everyone left for home.

The following weekend, Pine Grove and Wild River 4-H members headed south to the Redwood Acres Fair Rabbit and Cavy Shows.Taylor Jones received Best of Opposite Sex on her broken black Satin and Best of Breed on her Cream d'Argent.K'Marie Magray received Best Fur in show with her Californian rabbit, Daisy and Donald Magray received Best Cavy in Show with his black American sow, Fluffy.

Watch for 4-H participation in the Fourthof July Parade and on Front Street after the parade.

To get involved with4-H, call 464-4711. Like us on Facebook: Del Norte 4-H.