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Mar 13, 2012 10:42 AM by AP

26th Iowa Rabbit Festival starts Thursday

IOWA, La. (AP) - It's Rabbit Festival week in Iowa (EYE-oh-way).

The festival runs from Thursday through Saturday to raise money for scholarships, school clubs, boy scouts, athletics and other organizations.

The Iowa Rabbit Festival started 26 years ago to promote a rabbit processing plant. The plant is long gone, but the festival remains, with a bandstand, pageants, a carnival, cook-off and rabbit shows.

There hadn't been a rabbit show for some time, but the Acadiana Area Rabbit Breeders recently brought it back. And to encourage youth participation, a 4-H show has been added.

Entertainment includes Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie.

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