Fair con­tin­ues through Satur­day

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

Jack Matthews of Gra­sonville holds his pet tur­tle Camo, with their first place and Grand Cham­pion rib­bons. Fair sto­ries and pho­tos in­side,

CENTREVILLE — The Small Pet Show was one of the high­lights of Tues­day’s day­time events, Aug. 8, at the Queen Anne’s County Fair. Of the four en­tries, there were two guinea pigs, one bunny, and a Rus­sian tor­toise. In this com­pe­ti­tion, the tor­toise came out on top, as Grand Cham­pion, with proud pet owner Jack Matthews, a 5-year-old from Gra­sonville.

The chil­dren were each en­cour­aged to stand on the plat­form next to the Rab­bit and Poul­try barn and an­swer a few ques­tions about their pet. Jack said his tor­toise, named Camo, for his abil­ity to blend into his wood­land sur­round­ings, loves cab­bage, car­rots and dan­de­lions. Jack said he knew Camo was a boy be­cause male tor­toises have a longer tail than fe­males.

Tied for first place was also Syd­ney Paquin, a 7-year-old from Kent Is­land with her bunny, M&M’s. Syd­ney said the bunny was a present from her daddy for her birth­day and she was teach­ing M&M’s to go for walks on a spe­cial har­ness and leash and to come when she called him with car­rots. Syd­ney said she loves her rab­bit ver y much.

Tied for sec­ond place were the guinea pigs, Un­cle Si, be­long­ing to Gage Jor­dan from Queen­stown and Req­uis, owned by Billy Haufe of Eas­ton.

“4-H pro­vides ex­cel­lent real life ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Gage’s mother. “Great op­por­tu­nity for them to learn pub­lic speak­ing.”

The con­test was judged by fair vol­un­teer Lori Bryne.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Grace Matthews, left, and her brother Jack show their pet tor­toise dur­ing the Small Pet show at the 2017 county fair.

Syd­ney Paquin from Kent Is­land tied for first place with her bunny, M&M’s.

Billy Haufe of Eas­ton, a Tal­bot 4-H Club mem­ber, holds his 1-year-old male guinea pig, Req­uis.

Gage Jor­dan with his pet guinea pig, Un­cle Si.

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