Kennedy Berry, of Gatesville, holds her Dutch rabbit, Willow, who took best of breed Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the rabbit show during Rabbit Fest at the Coppers Cove Civic Center.

The 37th annual Rabbit Fest 2017 hopped into action Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The event at City Park attracts more than 20,000 people each year with carnival rides, food, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables and a video game truck, according to Rabbit Fest 2017 coordinator Regina Castillo.

Karaoke is from 7 to 11 p.m. today.

Saturday highlights include the Rabbit Fest parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, visits from Lightning and Mater from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a car show.

Also on Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce and Hares and Hounds 4-H Club will host an all-breed single youth rabbit show. The show will be in the Civic Center, which is climate controlled.

Contests for youth will include a best-dressed rabbit contest, rabbit arts and crafts, rabbit photography, showmanship, breed identification and possibly rabbit judging. Ribbons and other prizes will be awarded.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Classes are $3 each. Early registration is encouraged.

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JC Stringz will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Storm’s I will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday will be the final day of the festival with food, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo and inflatables.

For more information, call 254-547-7571. | 254-501-7464

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