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Laswell takes on new challenges in 4-H

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alexis Laswell, 9, tends to one of her rabbits. Alexis is the daughter of Melanie and Jason Laswell, Clay City. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Alexis Laswell was involved in Mini 4-H for two years.

But this year, she moved up to compete against the older kids.

Alexis, 9, daughter of Melanie and Jason Laswell, Clay City, is a member of the Harrison Handy Happy Helpers. She will be a fourth-grader at Clay City Elementary in the fall.

Heading into the 2010 Clay County 4-H Fair, Alexis knew she wanted to compete in several categories.

And in her first year, she entered in nine categories.

"It took a lot of time," Alexis said.

This year, she decided to enter into needle craft, the cat show, entomology, the fashion revue, food preservation, foods, microwaving, sewing, wildlife and the rabbit show.

Alexis had never raised rabbits before this year. But she was interested.

Her mother told The Brazil Times Alexis inquired about rabbits a couple of years ago.

"We're still learning with the rabbits," Melanie said.

She said Alexis had plenty of inspiration as many family members have been involved in 4-H for quite some time in addition to competing in the Clay City Fair.

Harrison Handy Happy Helper Alexis Laswell entered nine categories during the 2010 Clay County 4-H Fair. Jason Moon Photo.
"A lot of times, you'll find the kids that take several projects, their parents were 4-H'rs," Clay County Extension Coordinator Melanie Brown said.

Alexis said showing rabbits was somewhat difficult, but enjoyable.

Her rabbits, Oreo and Butterscotch, earned Reserve Champion and second in their respective categories. Both of her rabbits were Holland Lop breeds.

"I like (rabbits) because they're small animals," Alexis said. "But (it's hard to get) them to stay in place. But I like the rabbits with floppy ears."

"She likes the little animals," her mother added. "She's wanted (rabbits) for a long time."

Her mother added Alexis has shown an interest in raising Netherland Dwarf rabbits in the future.

Alexis admitted she entered so many projects this year because she "likes to try different things."

"She's a little competitive," her mother added.

"It's unusual," Brown said of having a first-year 4-H'r enter so many projects. "Usually, your first-year members start out with a couple of projects. But usually, every year we have several kids that take several projects and are uber enthusiastic."

"I suppose some did more," Alexis' mother said. "It is time consuming, but she enjoyed it. It's a little stressful before the deadline. We had some late nights. But she had fun."

Alexis especially likes earning the ribbons at the fair.

"I can't put them all on my dresser," she said.

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