Follow the Leader

Photos by Kayla Renie/The Herald
Raynie Schnell, 12, leads her sheep across the pasture to be fed at her family’s farm in Celestine on Tuesday. For the past 7 years, Raynie has been raising animals to show at the Dubois County 4-H Fair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raynie will show her sheep virtually in this year’s fair. “They’ll miss their 4-H friends and making those memories,” said Danielle Schnell, Raynie’s mother, a 4-H council member and club leader. “But we can’t worry about missing out on fun with our friends or getting blue ribbons this year. It’s just too high-risk. It was a heartbreaking decision that we didn’t take lightly. 4-H is about life lessons, and they still get that taking care of their animals every day.”


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