Carol Dorsey has served as the Rabbit & Poultry Superintendent at the Guthrie County Fair for the last 28 years. In addition to her role as a superintendent, Carol oversees the coordination of the pet show held each year at the county fair. She has been, and continues to be, a dedicated volunteer for the Guthrie County 4-H program. She works tirelessly to ensure the kids receive all the help they need with their animals; from working with kids on show techniques to helping with proper care and security of the animals in their new, temporary homes on the fairgrounds. She takes pride in the work that she does and expects rabbit and poultry exhibitors to have the same respect and pride in their work, no matter how small. Carol played an instrumental role in obtaining and installing new and much-needed rabbit and poultry cages in the barn. Each year, Carol rolls up her sleeves to ensure her barn is cleaned and prepped for the animal’s arrivals at the end of August.
4-H families enjoy working with Carol because she takes the time to work with each child individually from the moment they arrive for check-in until the moment they leave at the end of the fair. As a seasoned Rabbit & Poultry Superintendent, she understands the affect extreme heat, coupled with the stress of transporting, can have on these animals and she has been known to modify the check-in times to ensure a minimal amount of stress for both exhibitor and animal.
During the livestock sale at the end of the fair, she helps ensure the 4-H members and their animals are ready when they need to be, rain or shine, the rabbit and poultry portion of the sale always runs like clockwork. Throughout the years, Carol has shown herself to be a very thorough and dedicated 4-H leader with the knowledge necessary to oversee the animals in her care successfully while imparting that knowledge to the participating 4-H’ers every year. It is always clear that her main goal is to ensure the kids do the best they can, have fun and always take something away from the showing experience that they didn’t have before.
With a heart of gold that leaves a lasting impression on all the kids she interacts with, she helped create a program where rabbit, poultry and pet exhibitors receive respect, honor and recognition in the same manner given to other livestock -- a very valuable gift for these 4-H’ers indeed.