Last Saturday’s Midwest BunFest took place at the Whitehall Community Park Activities Building in Whitehall, Ohio, bringing together rabbit rescues, educators, vendors and other rabbit enthusiasts from across the Midwest. 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.
Rabbit rescues from all over the Midwest were represented, bringing information on their missions, great items for purchase to support their work, and often bringing a fabulous adoptable bunny or two.
Celebrities on hand included Gretta Parker of Flopsy Parker’s Memorial Sanctuary, founder of Baskets for Bunnies, the 501(c)3 charity that has provided supplies to homeless rabbits around the world. Gretta spoke movingly of the rabbit who started it all, Flopsy, as well as her gratitude to the rabbit community for their support. Gretta brought along and autographed copies of her soon-to-be-released book, The $7.50 Rabbit that Changed the World.
Humphrey Bogart brought his road crew, Debbie and Victor, graciously allowing them to display some of Debbie’s beautiful handmade jewelry for sale. Bogie and his staff are touring the United States from coast-to-coast, and Bogie’s typist is posting news of their travels on his informative blog, Roaming with Rabbits.
Also on hand were Connie Cowan and her husband Ron with their wonderful wooden toys, hay boxes and Einstein toys, as well as her new Ultimate Litterbox and her indescribably perfect brand-new bunny Activity Center, which includes a built-in Einstein toys as well as an area for keeping some of her fresh apple twigs (not that these would last long around your bunny). Also new this year are her willow wreaths, You can see in the video how popular this wreath was with my kitchen rabbits, Miko and Guillermo-the-Growling-Rabbit (the wreath had been completely consumed by morning). Ms Cowan donates toys to hundreds of shelter rabbits around the world, and you can order some of her great bunny entertainment items on her website, The Blissful Bunny.
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).
Please enjoy a few photos of Midwest BunFest in the slideshow, and look for more specific articles this week focusing on other vendors, educators, rescues, and the wonderful shopping at Midwest BunFest 2012!
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