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By Forrest Hershberger
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Crafty In His Second Year

Chickens and Arts Keeps Second Year 4-H Member Busy


August 3, 2022 | View PDF

He came to the 2022 Cheyenne County Fair with one year of experience in 4-H programs. This year, he brings a variety of livestock, art and literary expression... and cupcakes.

Luke Florke sat before 4-H judge Erika Loy Wednesday explaining his projects. He wrote about Abraham Lincoln, and made a doll of President Lincoln using a plastic bottle.

He also made acrylic coasters, a tye-dyed shirt and a pillow.

Additionally, he is showing chickens: the Top Hat and the Rhode Island Red. According to, the Rhode Island Red is one of the most popular chicken breeds worldwide. They are a medium-size breed known for their unique nature, egg production and purpose of meat.

Luke noted the Top Hat chicken has feathers on his head, like wearing a hat. lists several breeds associated with the Top Hat name. Despite their Polish names, the breeds did not originate in Poland. Some say they actually were first bred in the Netherlands.

The cupcakes are Luke's favorite part. His Godzilla cupcakes are made of vanilla cake, with black and grass-colored frosting.

“I like lizards. They're my spirit animal, I say,” Florke said.

He is a student at Leyton Elementary School.


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