The 2019 Chaffee County Fair 4-H Judging for Poultry and Rabbits took place Wednesday, July 31 in the Little River Rabbit Building at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. 4-H members could be found all over the building, tending to their animals, awaiting the judgment of their hard work and determining the prize-winning animals. The hubbub was cheerful, the kids determined. The animals — for the most part oblivious to the commotion.

Welcome sign at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds for the Poultry and Rabbit Judging (Photos by Taylor Sumners)

The judging for the poultry started at 9:30 a.m. with the rabbit judging taking place later at 2 p.m.

The poultry animals are inspected and are placed according to their categories: ready-to-cook, egg-producing hens, etc.

Poultry Judging at the 2019 Chaffee County Fair.

Criteria checked during the judging for poultry consists of USDA standards as follows: Identifying of chicken parts, egg production, and weight to determine if it is ready-to-cook.

Awards are made for the animals that rank closest to the pedigree standard.

The Chaffee County Fair is for all residents of Chaffee County, not just those who may live in the country. For more about the full schedule of events go to: It’s Time for the Chaffee County Fair

Rabbits awaiting judgement at the 2019 Chaffee County Fair.