Jersey steer draws online followers, spurs clothing line


Camille Craft (center), owner of Elle Lynn Boutique, is joined by (from left) Paige Coker, store manager Tayla Martin, Hanna Lee Meiggs, store employee Madison Miller and Sydney Paris in portrait photo with Finn, a Jersey steer that lives on a farm in Gates County. Finn has a popular social media presence, with nearly 46,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 13,000 on Instagram.


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A downtown business owner is using a recent photo taken with a popular Gates County bovine to steer donations to Albemarle Hopeline. 

Camille Craft, owner of Elle Lynn Boutique, on Main Street, said she’s always wanted to have photos taken alongside Finn, a handsome Jersey steer that lives on a farm in Corapeake.

“I just think he’s so cute,” said Craft, when asked why she wanted photos with Finn. “I’ve been wanting to do it every year.”

Finn is owned by Gates County resident Amanda Smith, Craft said. A couple of years ago Smith posted photos to Facebook of Finn on the beach in Dare County. People loved the photos and Finn’s online popularity took off.

“It just blew up from there,” Craft said.

On Tuesday, Finn’s “Adventures of Finn” Facebook page, facebook.com/FINNCOW, had nearly 46,000 followers. According to the Facebook page, Finn’s mission is “to make big difference in the world by bringing smiles to everyone he meets.”

Finn also has nearly 13,000 followers on his Instagram page, finn.finnstagram.

In Craft’s photo, she and five others — including two store employees — are seen posing with Finn on a sunny day at his farm.

“It’s a dream come true,” Craft said, of the photo opportunity. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.”

Elle Lynn Boutique is currently selling a line of clothing in a collection called The Finn Collection. A portion of the proceeds from all clothes sold from the collection, either in-store or online, will be donated to Albemarle Hopeline, Craft said.

“I’m hoping by the end of this month we’ll be able to cut a check to Hopeline,” she said. 

She decided to donate after she posted her photos with Finn to her store’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The photos drew thousands of views to the store’s pages and she wanted to give back, she said.

Learn more about The Finn Collection at the store’s website, https://elle-lynn-boutique.myshopify.com.