Thumbs up to everyone who contributed in some way to the Walmart Heart Program for Isabella “Bella” Campbell on Saturday. The 8-year-old Lexington girl, who is battling bone cancer and completed 13 weeks of chemotherapy before having her leg amputated, was made an honorary Walmart truck driver and rode in the passenger seat of one of 21 Walmart trucks during a parade from Brownstown Central High School to Walmart Supercenter in Seymour. She also received gymnastics equipment, unicorn-themed gifts and more through the program, which involved the efforts of Walmart truck drivers, employees of Walmart Supercenter, gymnasts with Gymnastics Lane in Seymour, local police, fire and ambulance personnel and others in the community.
Plenty of projects
Thumbs up to 18-year-olds Kirsten Raisor, who graduated from Brownstown Central High School this spring, and Hiley Obermeyer, who graduated from Seymour High School this spring, for earning the Indiana Farm Bureau 4-H Tenure Award this year. Over her 10-year career in 4-H, Raisor completed 57 projects to top this year’s list of 37 10-year 4-H’ers in Jackson County, while Obermeyer was second with 37 projects. The two received the awards, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, during the fair.
Thumbs up to Payton Farmer of Brownstown, who exhibited the reserve grand champion polled owned female during the 2022 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo Banners in the Bluegrass held July 16 to 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. Farmer also finished sixth in senior showmanship during the expo, which included more than 775 Hereford juniors entered to exhibit cattle, compete in educational contests and participate in leadership events.
Thumbs up to 2022 Jackson County Fair Queen Abigail “Abby” Stuckwisch; her court, First Runner-Up Alexus “Lexi” Morris of Seymour, Second Runner-Up Addison “Addie” Shelton of Freetown and Miss Congeniality Valeria Ramirez of Seymour; and the other nine contestants. All represented their communities well.
Thumbs down to people who just abandon their vehicles when they quit working, sometimes on the street or road, creating a mess for someone else to clean up.