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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.
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.