In addition to Palo Pinto County and area youth, she said the show will see kids coming from Lubbock, the Houston area, east of Dallas and as far north as Sanger, all preparing for their respective county shows as well as upcoming livestock shows in Fort Worth, Houston and San Angelo.
“The first year, we had friends who showed rabbits at the national level and they spread the word,” said Molder of the interest in the Santo show.
Saturday's Hoppy New Year Show takes place at the Santo ISD Agriculture Barn, next to the football field on Petty Road in Santo.
Attendance to the show or workshop is free. Molder added, “Any money we make [from Saturday's show], the Hoppy Show [uses to buy] the rabbits from the kids at the premium sale at [the Palo Pinto] County show.”
Molder said that rabbits offer any child a way to participate in a county livestock show.
“Rabbits are a very inexpensive project,” she said. “You can do it for under $200. A rabbit doesn't take much space, and is great for kids who live in town. And they are very quiet.”
“Rabbits are different from other projects,” she added. “Generally they only have them for 30 days, so the kid has to be dedicated to feed, water and handle [the animal]. You don't have much time to mess around.”