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Photo story: Silt’s Hannah Barbata an all-around show lady at Garfield Co. Fair

Born in St. Louis but raised in Colorado, Hannah Barbata started 4-H six years ago as a way to make new friends. She started with rabbits, and this year has animal entries for rabbit, poultry, and goat.

All of the animals were raised under her care. Beyond 4-H, Barbata is involved in many service projects, including quilting, leadership, archery and muzzle loading. She is the treasurer on the county 4-H Council and started her own cake-decorating business.

“I like being busy. It keeps me occupied,” she said. “I like doing 4-H, because I love taking care of animals and having my own responsibility.”

Many months ago, Barbata had to leave a friend’s house late in the night as her goats were being born.

“I sometimes don’t have time for friends, because I have to take care of my animals,” Barbata said. “But I’m okay with that.”

As of Tuesday afternoon Barbata had won overall grand champion in rabbit, two grand championships and one reserve grand champion in poultry.

Hannah Barbata weighs the baby bunnies to track who is growing properly in preparation for the 2019 Garfield County Fair.
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Barbata does multiple checks on her show chicken, Oreo, at her home in Silt.
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Hannah Barbata feeds and waters the baby rabbits she bred for this year’s fair.
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Barbata practices the showing of her goat as her mom (not pictured) pretends to be the judge during practice for the 2019 fair.
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Hannah Barbata feeds and waters the baby rabbits she bred for this year’s fair.
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Barbata walks goat Winter down the gravel road near her home in Silt to prepare for the 2019 Garfield County Fair.
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