8-year old is third generation fair exhibitor

When Hank Williams Jr. sang about family tradition he meant his father’s music and lifestyle. Family tradition has another meaning for Homer Simpson, a third generation fair exhibitor. The son of Daniel and Dee Simpson, has been showing animals at the South Logan County Fair since he was 4, half of the 8-year olds life.

This year Homer showed a pig, goat, and for the first time a rabbit. He won a blue ribbon for his rabbit. He also won a grand champion for the beef jerky that he submitted. His mom encourages him to show because it teaches him responsibility, discipline and respect.

Showing at the fair allows Homer to meet students from other schools and students who are homeschooled. Homer has learned to interact with people from the preschoolers that want to pet his goat, Lillie Mae, to adults who work the show ring when he shows Lille Mae.

Homer’s favorite thing about the fair is being with his friends. Homer was born to be part of the fair, in addition to both of his parents being involved in the fair, he has a total of five aunts and uncles and five cousins that either were or actively participate in the fair. He is the youngest grandchild of Dede O’Bar and the late John O’Bar, this year’s fair was dedicated to John.

With heritage like this Homer will be involved in the fair for many years to come.