Sunday, August 25, 2019
Smokey, a 1-year-old rabbit, was taken Friday night from the rabbit barn at the Steele County Fairgrounds. The family is offering a reward for anyone who can help them get their prized rabbit back safely.

‘Super Bunny’ stolen from Steele fair

It will likely go down as one of the most sheepish acts to have happened at this year’s Steele County Fair.

Someone walked away with a rabbit during the nighttime hours, leaving a Medford 4-H member without her prized possession for show.

Marisa Wagaman, 18, came to the fair with seven rabbits, but left to go back home without one that earned her a special plague for being “Super Bunny.” The same rabbit, which Marisa named Smokey, captured a purple ribbon at last year’s Minnesota State Fair. The animal was taken from a cage in the rabbit barn Friday night. 

“It’s heartbreaking to think somebody would take him,” said Marisa, a member of the Medford Go Getters 4-H Club. “He just means the world to me. I want him back,” she added.

Once Marisa’s mother, Mary, discovered the rabbit was missing while making the rounds, they looked all over the barn to find him. 

Mary Wagaman, Marisa’s mother, discovered the rabbit was missing while making the rounds Friday. The cage had been closed, but no rabbit was to be found. 

“I couldn’t believe he was gone,” Mary said. “We looked all around the barn to find him, but he wasn’t anywhere. We were all shocked and devastated.”

Smokey was not just any ordinary rabbit, according to Mary. She said the rabbit had a show quality look and featured different colors. Smokey had excelled at hopping over the past few months. 

“He was one of our special rabbits,” Mary said. 

Marisa described Smokey as a goofy rabbit with lots of personality and energy. “He is really sweet,” she said. “He’s not a wild rabbit. He can’t live on his own and relies on people to live.”

The family reported the incident to the 4-H Office and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office. However, no missing rabbit had been located by the end of the fair.

The Wagamans have no idea who may have taken the rabbit. They are offering a $50 reward for information leading to their bunny.

For Marisa, the fair was a bittersweet experience this year. Though she lost a pet rabbit, she is excited to have been awarded a state fair trip with her chickens. 

Anyone with information about the missing rabbit is asked to call the Wagamans at 507-676-5489.

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Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

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Kasson, MN 55944


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