Jefferson County 4-H Fair: Profiles in Awesome

4-H'er Abigail Simpson

4-H would be nothing, literally, without the fantastic kids who participate in it. Abigail(Abby) Simpson is one of those fantastic kids.

Abby is her 6th year of 4-H and belongs to the “Hanover No Names” club. This is her second year showing animals and this year she’s exhibiting 9 chickens,3 rabbits,and a single goat.

Among her 9 chickens she has “Cochins,Banties and White Plymouth Rocks”,and of the Plymouth Rocks she says,”They’re really good egg layers”. Her 3 rabbits are a Rex,Lionhead,and a Crossbreed, and her goat is a Pygmy.

In addition to 4-H Abby will be a Junior at Southwestern High School this coming school year and is working at the Milton,KY Dairy Queen for the third summer in a row.

Last year Abby attempted to earn the title of Poultry Ambassador but “completely failed” the test for it. This year she’s hoping to become the Rabbit Ambassador and she should stand a far better chance as  her employer,Ellen Long,a former Jefferson County 4-H’er herself as well as one of the leaders of downtown Madison’s “River Kids” club,recommended her for the Rabbit Workshop program held at Purdue University’s West Lafayette,IN campus in June of this year.

The Animal Science’s Workshop,which rabbits are included in,has the following objectives:

  • To develop life skills through interaction with others.
  • To teach the scientific principles of Animal Sciences to young people.
  • To prepare delegates to assist and/or teach others in their local communities what they learned from taught by Purdue faculty and staff
  • To increase awareness of Animal Industry Issues.
  • To inform participants about careers in animal agriculture and educational opportunities at Purdue University.

Miss Simpson is just one of hundreds of young people in Jefferson County that participate in 4-H and each and every one of those members is already a winner in our book!

About Walter Long

Walter is a native Hoosier and has been to have lived in the Madison area for the last 12 years. He’s an avid reader. He’s married with two kids, one cat, one dog, and far too many rabbits. whlong@madisonindiana.us