All right, you guys, hop to it - literally. Wiggle those noses, wriggle those tails, fluff up those ears and put your best furry foot forward.
It's showtime.About 200 rabbits were primped and prepared by owners and poked and prodded by judges Saturday at the Utah State Fairpark in the annual Wasatch Rabbit Breeders Association.
Let's see, you have your Jersey Wooleys, your Himalayans, your Satins, your Californians, Flemish Giants, Rexes, Fuzzy Lops - 15 bunny breeds in all showed up to display their charms.
The French Angoras looked almost like long-haired cats with their 11/2- to 2-inch long coats. Indeed, rabbits are part of the cat family - they groom themselves like felines, and their babies are called "kittens."
Participants and judges came from New Mexico, California, Wyoming and, yes, Utah. Larry and Joy Evans drove 10 hours from Carson City, Nev., to show five of their 25 New Zealand whites.
So, which of those rabbits squirming in small cages on the judging table were theirs?
"Uh, dunno," Larry Evans said. "They're all white."
The Evans contingent consisted of Zeus, Flo, Wendy and two others, who were appearing in their first show, who do not yet possess names. The Evanses don't know yet how those two will "show," as they say, and if they don't do well . . . well, let's just say they don't want to get too attached to them just yet.
"We don't eat them, but there are a lot of fancy restaurants that like to serve rabbit," Joy Evans said.
The rabbits were judged on head, body shape, coat, ears, feet, tail and teeth according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association book, "Standard of Perfection" (note: buck teeth, a la Bugs Bunny, are a no-no).
The judges would take each rabbit from its cage, push in its back feet so that it arched its back and formed a furry ball, and examine it in that position. Then they would take it by its ears in one hand and haunches in the other and turn it supine to examine its feet, teeth and belly. Judging by their trembling feet, the rabbits didn't like that much.
A few breeders were selling rabbits - $15, maybe $25. They don't cost much, since there's generally a pretty good supply.