Visitors to the rabbit barn at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo today will see pink while strolling the boardwalks.
The Rada Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club members are wearing pinkT-shirts with their own unique rabbit-themed design for Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day, which is today. The national campaign aims to bring the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to rally against breast cancer.
Aggie Mowry, rabbit barn supervisor, said club members decided to create their own special pink shirts instead of wearing the pink T-shirts provided by the fair.
The youths designed their own shirts and sold 90 of them to make a $360 profit, Mowry said.
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Then, to show their support for a good cause, the youths added $140 from their club treasury to make a $500 donation to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Mowry said.
But that wasn't all for the little club that likes to do a lot.
This was the first year the fairdidn't use county inmate labor to help set up tables and cages in the barn.
That gave the Rada Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club an opportunity to do it themselves, earning $1,000 in the process.
Mowry said they chose to spend the money to buy and mount two large air-mover fans to the barn rafters and to purchase more sheets of wafer board to extend the boardwalks in the barn.
"The people in wheelchairs and with strollers really appreciate having the boardwalk. It is a lot easier than trying to push through all the sawdust and chips on the floor," she said.
Last year the club helped paint all the trim on the rabbit/poultry barn too.
"We take pride in ownership," said Mowry, who lives in Prosser and has been rabbit barn superintendent for seven years.
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