IMPERIAL — While much of the fairgrounds at the Imperial Valley Expo stood silent in the morning hours Friday, the southeast corner was alive with activity as 4-H and FFA members began showing their animals.
This year's California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta started with several rounds of small animal judging as waterfowl, poultry, cavies and rabbits strutted their stuff.
Though cavies, a relative to the guinea pig, appear cute and simple, a lot of work goes into preparing even these small animals for the fair.
The hardest part for many is putting in the time with the animals, said Jacqueline Solorzano, 13, of Brawley.
"But it's actually really cool," she said. "They're fun."
Jacqueline said she spends about an hour a day with Daisy, her cavy, when school work and other commitments don't interfere. Her efforts paid off in the form of a first-place finish in the junior division at Friday's cavy showmanship judging.