SHEPHERDSVILLE - In her first Kentucky State Fair competition, Brianna Stallings won by a hare.
The 9-year-old Shepherdsville resident earned a Best of Show - Youth Division award for one of her nine rabbits entered into the fair competitions. The top rabbit was Yahtzee, a Holland Lop Ear that also took Best of Breed.
Overall, Brianna’s bunnies earned 17 ribbons, along with a glass trophy courtesy of the Falls City Rabbit Breeders and a bucket full of rabbit-related supplies.
Brianna is the daughter of Donna and Scott Stallings.
Brianna and Scott began last year after viewing the rabbits at the fair.
“Dad thought it would really be fun to get into,” she said.
Brianna’s pets include three dogs, a guinea pig and a pony. The rabbit count multiplied from one to 40.
“They stay in the ‘Rabbit Hotel’,” said Donna. “It actually has air conditioning.”
“My Dad got (the ribbons) framed,” Brianna said. “We put them in (the Rabbit Hotel).”
Brianna has entered other competitions, though this was her first win and her first try at the state fair. She believed Yahtzee won “because it had a good body and stuff.”
Donna said Scott developed the rabbits into a nice hobby, doing research and selecting various breeds.
“He’s really into it,” Donna said. “Brianna helps out more on weekends. She likes the glory of it.
Brianna, a former St. Aloysius student, currently attends St. Gregory in Cox’s Creek. She hopes to enter more competitions and plans to return to next year’s state fair to defend her title.