Rabbit folks from all over the midwestern United States assembled Saturday in Whitehall Ohio for the second annual Midwest BunFest. Rescuers, educators, people selling rabbit-related merchandise and bunny enthusiasts of all kinds exchanged information, according to a report by Phyllis O’Beolllain at examiner.com. Here are some highlights:
Featured at BunFest were educational sessions for all levels of bunny enthusiasts, great shopping, a bunny spa, glamour shots for bunnies, raffles, a silent auction and many wonderful bunnies! This year, 13 different speakers presented educational sessions geared for a wide range of owner expertise levels. The sessions covered a diversity of topics, including basic care to nuances of bunny bonding, veterinary advancements in care and alternative therapies: there were topics to interest everyone.
The bunny spa was quite a success, with many toenails being clipped and coats being brushed! After the fluffing and buffing was completed, bunnies could have glamour shots taken at the next booth over, by professional photographer Brian Gryphon.
Bunnies could relax in the bunny lounge, out of the high traffic areas while their servants shopped the extensive array of bunny and human items, or got a snack for themselves from the very tasty offerings (including vegetarian and vegan fare). One could shop for bunny toys, hay boxes, Cottontail Cottages, hay, treats and other staples to stock up on, as well as everything from bunny-themed jewelry and fine art to clothing, bric-a-brac and accessories for the living quarters of the bunny’s staff.
The silent auction offered generously-donated items to bid on ranging from baskets of wine to baskets for the bunnies, an assortment of popular bunny-themed books (many signed by the authors), gift baskets of wine or personal care items for the humans, decorative items, practical items for the home (either yours or bunny’s) and more. Buckeye House Rabbit Society had a much-coveted raffle basket with a one-of-a-kind bunny lamp and other bunny-themed items, and Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue had a couple of different raffles, including a raffle of a lovely platter decorated with bunnies.
Many bunnies were seen being chauffeured in strollers, riding in customized wagons, held in baby carriers (or in the arms of their nannies).
The online report includes a video and a photo slideshow, and you can see it at http://www.examiner.com/article/second-annual-midwest-bunfest-delivers-big-fun-and-big-bunnies
Having attended many Rabbit Festivals organized by Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy, as well as the first Bunanza held in Calgary, Alberta by the Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club, we have seen how useful these get-togethers can be. Not only are they excellent for people who are just thinking about getting started with house rabbits, but they also can be a source of new information for those who have a long history of caring for lagomorphs of all shapes and sizes.
Photo courtesy mtl2ky