The directors of the Lincoln County Fair are proud to present this year’s Scholarship to Miss Abigayle Pollock. Abigayle is an outstanding 2016 graduate of Lincoln County High School. She has not only been very active in the Lincoln County Fair, 4-H and FFA, but also has helped with many local community events. Abigayle has also served charities including Hands of Mercy and Ronald McDonald House and is active in her church. She has accomplished all this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
During her years at Lincoln County High, Abigayle has served in officer positions from Secretary of the 4-H Honor Club her freshman and sophomore years to Chapter Reporter of the Lincoln County FFA her junior year and FFA President her senior year. She has been very active in promoting beef by teaching Beef Reader Classes at local elementary schools and speaking with consumers at a ‘Beef Backer’ event held at a local grocery store. In addition, she served as Tennessee Junior Beef Ambassador writing bimonthly articles for Tennessee Cattle Business magazine. Abigayle is an award winning 4-H and FFA member attending state and national competitions for Ag Communications, Livestock judging and Livestock Skillathon Team.
Abigayle’s involvement with the Lincoln County Fair began in 2007 showing beef cattle and exhibiting her 4-H work. She had continued to do this for the past nine years. She has also participated in the raising, showing and auctioning ‘Chick Chain’ chickens through 4-H at the Fair. Abigayle has a serving spirit that she shows in helping set up and take down entries in the 4-H building and helping with the beef cattle shows handing out ribbons, working fair gates and has even sung the National Anthem at the Demolition Derby. The Lincoln County Fair Board feels that we have an exceptional representative in Abigayle Pollock and wish her well as she attends the University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall.
In the cattle barn at the Lincoln County Fair, a little girl struggles to keep her heifer’s head up in the show ring. Despite the 1000 pound size difference, the little girl pulls her heifer in the show lineup, ready to take on the challenge. Nine years ago, I was that little girl described above. In fact, my showing career began and is rooted in the Lincoln County Fair because it is where my dad finally convinced me to try showing cattle. Being in the cattle barn during fair week has become a tradition in my family for the past nine years. Whether I’m exhibiting my cattle, writing down placings, announcing results, or serving as the designated ‘poopscooper’, I can always be found in the cattle barn during the fair week. I have met some of my best friends and made life long memories through the long nights showing at the fair. Although my time as a young cattle exhibitor is coming to a close, I will never forget the lessons I’ve learned through showing cattle at the Lincoln County Fair: never give up and keep on tugging-no matter how stubborn the heifer.