IMPERIAL – Dozens of Imperial Valley youth showcased their skills at the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta Tuesday night at the Small Animal Round Robin. 4-H, Grange and FFA showed multiple small animals such as rabbits, pygmy goats, cavies, chickens, dogs, and ducks.
Each of the competitors had won first or second place in their animal for showmanship and were invited to compete against other winners to show each small animal. Round Robin tests the knowledge the youth have of each animal and how to show each accordingly.
Bryce Presley competed both in Grange and FFA and successfully won first place in both divisions. As a senior, he plans on attending Kansas State University and studying animal science.
In 4-H Junior Small Animal, Rose Fiorenza was 1st place winner.
Aubrey Reese, an eleven year old with M&M 4-H, said her favorite part of the night was showing her dog “Puzzle”.
Allyson Derma, a Brawley FFA showman said, “I think my favorite part of tonight was probably when I got to see each animal and all the struggles of each one. I got to see the good things of each one.”
Two of the judges, Amanda Leckband and Cheyenne Ayala, were past 4-H showmen. Cheyenne Ayala grew up showing various animals in 4-H and believed being tested by multiple judges helped develop her into a better teacher and a better showman. She now runs a rabbit group at a 4-H club in San Luis Obispo. Ayala said she considers Round Robin a healthy challenge because it is a hard competition and the youth learn about animals different than their own.
Their was an abundance of talent showcased on Tuesday night and the competition drew a large crowd to watch the youth of the Imperial Valley display their hard work.