Jaelyn Hill and a chicken

Jaelyn Hill is shown sitting outside the poultry and rabbit barn, bathing one of her six chickens.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, July 17 newspaper on Page A2.

WELLSTON — One 4-Her at this year’s Jackson County Fair has a flock of chickens, which she will show on Thursday.

Jaelyn Hill, 16, along with her chickens, will appear in the 4-H Livestock Arena on Thursday, July 18, for the poultry shows and showmanship contest.

Hill, a junior at Jackson High School, has been showing animals at the fair for 10 years. She still has several years in the 4-H program to go.

When the Courier found her, she was bathing one of her chickens. She reported that she has won numerous ribbons in the past with her chicken projects.

Hill said that her favorite part of 4-H is helping other people. She belongs to the Ridge Runners 4-H Club.

This year, she has a total of six chickens, and she explained that four are a Cornish white rock breed and the other two are light Brahmas. Hill said that her chickens don’t have any names.

She also mentioned that she had a rabbit this year. The rabbit shows were held on Monday. Hill placed fourth in the breeding rabbit show.

In the past, she has taken turkeys, market rabbits, breeding rabbits and fancy chickens. Her first project was a goat. Hill said that she enjoys showing her animals and takes great pride in doing so.

The Courier asked what kind of fair food she liked the most, and she smiled and answered right away, “corn dogs.”

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