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By Chloe Campbell
High Point Elementary School 5th Grader and 4th Generation Egg Farmer
Dutt & Wagner Family Farm, Abingdon, VA
My name is Chloe Campbell and I’m a fourth-generation egg farmer. I’m 11 years-old and live in Abingdon, Virginia with my stepmom, dad, and my pet bunny, Trickle. I come from a long line of farmers. My cousin, Lake Wagner, is also a fourth-generation farmer at our family farm, Dutt & Wagner.
When I think of Easter, I think of eggs. Hunting for them. Eating lots of them. And of course, decorating them. It’s one of my favorite things to do leading up to the holiday. That’s why I got SO excited this year when I heard I had the opportunity to share my own design for a super special Easter egg…the Commemorative Egg for the First Lady!
You might be surprised to know that every year a beautifully designed Commemorative Egg is presented to the First Lady of the United States. It’s an annual tradition by America’s egg farmers that goes as far back as the Carter Administration.
But, this year’s 42nd Commemorative Egg presented to First Lady Melania Trump will be particularly special because the design was inspired by egg farmers’ children, like me. Children across the country submitted suggestions and designs to the artist.
I’m sure lots of other farmer’s kids had fun creating cool design ideas in their submissions too. My design was inspired by Trickle, my pet bunny, and used a quilling design technique. Don’t know what quilling is? You can see my full submission letter explaining it below. When I heard my design was among those that inspired the final 2019 First Lady’s Commemorative Egg, I was thrilled! I can’t wait for Easter and to see Mrs. Trump holding the egg. It’s very special and something I’ll always remember.
To view the 2019 Commemorative Egg, click here