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Wichita hopping with rabbit breeder convention

Published on -10/30/2012, 4:02 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita is hopping as the city plays host to the National American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention.

Broadcaster KAKE (http://bit.ly/TlGTJx ) reports that the event has attracted more than 3,000 rabbit breeders from across the country. Organizers say the five-day event will provide a $2 million economic boost.

Convention chairman Tom Little says downtown hotels and some in outlying areas are packed. The crowd pours into downtown Wichita at meal time.

Convention-goer Allan Ormond says he grew up on a ranch in Utah. Everything changed when he moved to the suburbs.

Because subdivisions frown on cattle, he settled on rabbits. Thirty years later, the hobby continues to keep him busy. Since January, he's flown 60,000 miles for rabbits and has another trip planned to Japan.

The convention ends Wednesday morning.

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