SMITHFIELD - One of the first shows for the Jefferson County Junior Fair was the small animal show held Tuesday morning.
Jonathan Vance of the Ridge Hoppers 4-H Club had the best of show with his cat in the senior 14 and over category.
Along with Vance in the senior category were Emily Fox, Country Kids, second; and Karacel Hayman, Golden Horseshoe, third.
SMALL ANIMALS ARE STARS — Skyler Hatten, 12, a member of the Boots ‘n’ Britches 4-H Club, showed off one of the three New Zealand rabbits, top, he has taken as a 4-H project during this year’s Jefferson County Fair. His rabbits are named Moe, Curly and Larry. With Hatten at the Jefferson County fairgrounds on Monday were, from left, Mya Bonecutter, 9, and Gaige O’Conner, 9. There are new cages in the rabbit barn, and the building has been spruced up, according to fair organizers. The fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Smithfield. Above, Abigail Lish, left, and Ashlee Malechowski, both of the Golden Horseshoes 4-H Club, cuddled their guinea pig pets after judging in the small animal show at the Jefferson County Junior Fair on Tuesday. --- Photos by Esther McCoy
In the cats junior category were Chesney Swickard, Country Rangers, first; and Elijah Fox, Country Kids, second.
Hamster winner in the junior category was Haley Moodie Capozzi of the Boots 'n' Britches 4-H Club.
The pocket pets senior winner was Brianna Pasco, a Boots 'n' Britches member.
Guinea pigs , junior winner, was Sierra Wells, Country Rangers. Others placing were Ashlee Malechowski, Golden Horseshoe, second; Abigail Lish, Golden Horseshoe, third; and Dana Kellar, Purple Circle, fourth.
The small exotic animals junior winner was Hunter Klinesmith, a Country Classics 4-H Club member.
The turtles junior category winner was Courtney Cooley, a Country Classics 4-H Club member. Others placing were Klinesmith, second; and Harold "Russ" Cooley, Country Classics, third.