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State Honoree

Sierra Simpson

Oklahoma

Sierra Simpson, 12, of Kremlin, Okla., a member of the Garfield County 4-H in Enid and a sixth-grader at Chisholm Middle School in Enid, organized a fair for the enjoyment of more than 650 senior citizens at six assisted-living facilities. During a visit with her great-grandmother at one of the facilities, Sierra saw the residents’ faces light up as they talked about an upcoming county fair and told stories of fairs long ago. “That’s when the idea hit me,” said Sierra. “If they could not physically attend the county fair, we could bring it to them.” She presented her idea to the facility’s owner, who urged her to include residents at five other assisted-living centers, as well, and offered to pay all expenses. Sierra sought help from her 4-H club and numerous other organizations, organized a planning committee, encouraged participation from local businesses, and promoted the event through fliers and the news media. Sierra was thrilled by all the smiles and laughter at the event, which featured livestock displays, clowns, horse-drawn carriages, roping demonstrations, craft booths, music and children’s activities. “There is no better way to understand your blessings than to donate your time to others,” she said.