4-H Tri-County Small Animal Program

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Does your child love animals but you don’t have a large area for them at your home? If so, the Tri-County Small Animal Program is an excellent opportunity for youth to learn more about raising, caring for, and showing rabbits and/or guinea pigs through a hands-on experience!

In this four month program, youth receive a rabbit or guinea pig and raise them until the final event of showing them in the Avery County Fair. During the program, youth will attend one workshop per month where they will bring their animal and work with them, learning how to care for and show them. The workshops take place at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 17th, July 22nd and August 19th. There will be a mock show on September 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Avery County Fair Grounds. The show will take place at the Avery County Fair on September 6th at 7:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the program, participants can either auction off their animal at the Avery County Fair, or keep them.

Youth will be placed into age categories where they will be showing/competing against each other in their same age category. Youth ages 5-8 will show their animal and be asked questions, but will not be judged. The age categories are as follows: Group 1- Ages 5-8, Group 2- Ages 9-12, Group 3- Ages 13-15, Group 4- Ages 14-18.

There will be a mandatory orientation meeting on Thursday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. The interest meeting and all workshops will take place at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.

If interested, please contact Jordan English at 828-682-1872 or jordan_english@ncsu.edu