Los Banos

April 26, 2014

Rabbits receive tattoos in preparation for the Merced County Spring Fair in Los Banos

Each year Joe and Donalda Sousa volunteer to help prepare rabbits for showing at the Merced County Spring Fair in Los Banos

Former Los Banos City Councilmember Joe Sousa and his wife, Donalda spent three hours on Friday afternoon, along with Our Lady of Fatima 4-H leader Paul Cardoso, in ag teacher Sonia Falaschi's Los Banos High School classroom tattooing the ears of about 140 rabbits that will be shown at this year's Merced County Spring Fair in Los Banos. For 18 years, Joe and Donalda have been involved in the many different aspects of raising and showing rabbits. They started by helping their daughter, Christina Sousa, who still judges and clerks for judges at the fair in Los Banos. This year, as in past years, the Sousas volunteer their time to help students learn about rabbits and how to raise them to show at the fair.

The annual fair begins Wed., April 30 at the fairgrounds on F Street in Los Banos. Opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. The Fri., April 25 edition of the Los Banos Enterprise contains a complete schedule of this year's fair.

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