Something different at Norris-Penrose Event Center April 9: a rabbit show

       In what may be the first-ever show of its kind at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, about 750 rabbits from around Colorado are expected for competitive judging in a variety of breeds Saturday, April 9.
       Free and open to the public - it costs to have a rabbit judged - the all-day event (8:30 a.m. to about 5 p.m.) is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Rabbit Breeders Association (RBA).
       The center is at 1045 W. Lower Gold Camp Road. The event will be in its Indoor Arena.
       “We typically have about 750 rabbits entered by 60-70 exhibitors,” said PPRBA co-organizer Brian Allen.
       Of the show's five judges, three are being brought in from out of state, he said. They will be grading rabbits on body shape, fur quality and color. The variety of rabbits will include lops, mini-rexes, angoras, Netherland dwarfs and Flemish giants.
       Area rabbit shows in recent years have typically been in Castle Rock, Pueblo, Calhan (the El Paso County Fair) or Kiowa. Allen noted that this event - officially titled the Pikes Peak RBA Annual Art Nelson Memorial Show - would also have been in another city if not for a scheduling conflict.
       In an e-mail message, Allen thanked Norris-Penrose general manager Bill Miller for being “willing to work with us for this date since the Indoor Arena was available.”
       Both Miller (who's managed the center since 2004) and Allen said they were unaware of any past rabbit shows there.
       The event should be beneficial to the area as an entertainment option for the region as well as one to “bring in folks from outside the area who will help the local ecomony in staying at the hotels and eating at the restaurants,” Allen said.
       If local residents enjoy the show, he urged them to tell Miller or anyone affiliated with the center, so that maybe other rabbit shows could be scheduled there in future.
       Those wishing to enter rabbits in the show must do so by April 6. For more information, call 720-271-5772 or go to the website: rmhshows.com.

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