(DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
(DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

The ribbon was cut Tuesday night at the brand new Rabbit Barn at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Chris Heizman, the Van Wert Youth Rabbit Club, Bunny Hopper 4-H Club and all the rabbit exhibitors were invited to be a part of the festivities. This building replaces the old Rabbit Barn which had been the oldest building on the Fairgrounds at an estimated 125 years. Phase One of the construction has been completed. Fundraising for Phase Two is underway so that a cement floor can be installed and more rabbit cages added. It was Leslie Marbaugh who help start new momentum for the facility when she donated her winnings in 2012 from her grand champion meat pen to the project. The group is still looking for pictures of the old facility back through the years. Check in at the Rabbit Barn during the fair for details.