CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – It was show time Thursday night at the Canfield Fair. A lot of last minute primping was going on backstage before the animals went up for bid.
The whole process is a nerve-wracking experience for the 4-H members who have raised the animals.
“I get really excited for me to know that other people are really recognizing what I’ve done, and they are helping out and supporting 4-H by being at the auction,” said Katie Prosser, 4-H member.
Prosser has been the queen of the fair for the first two days. She’s picked up four grand champion awards for her rabbits and lamb. Tom Moore paid $475 for one of her rabbits, which he is donating to the food bank.
“She knows what she is doing. She knows how to finish an animal no matter what it is,” Moore said. “She gets it to the fair in top condition, and that’s what the judges want.”
That’s the show side. The auction side is trying to get that top dollar for a top animal. While Katie was handling another rabbit in the ring, bidder Virginia Campbell was ready to make sure it didn’t get past her.
“The rabbits are good to eat. Not many people would believe that. It’s all white meat. It’s not fat or anything. It’s almost like chicken,” Campbell said.
“It means a lot. I actually don’t know her. I have a lot of other bidders, and they were bidding against her, but she outbid them. It makes me feel really good,” Prosser said.
The grand champion and reserve champion in every animal class are slaughtered. That’s part of the 4-H process. As or Katie, she’s heading to Ohio State and wants to become a vet.