Welcome back to the 4-H Spotlight! I know it has been a while since I last wrote, but things have been really busy. With the county fair over, there are a million things to do to get ready to send things to the Iowa State Fair.
Even though the Cherokee County Fair is over, fair season is still going strong. Several young people from Cherokee County will be traveling to Des Moines with livestock, communication events, and clothing revue. We also have young people competing at the Marcus Fair, and let's not forget the Clay County Fair coming up in September.
With the Cherokee County Fair over for yet another year, all of Cherokee County's 4-H'ers should be very proud of their accomplishments. There are many people and groups who make it possible for the Cherokee County 4-H'ers to have a fair.
First, we need to thank the Cherokee County Fair Board for their countless hours of unselfishness in planning the fair every year. We also need to thank all of their "fair widow spouses".
Thanks to the Cherokee County Youth & 4-H Committee who help in planning the 4-H events for the fair. At the fair, they were responsible for judging the Herdsmanship Contest, picking out exhibits that will be displayed at the Sanford Museum in October, and helping out to make sure things ran smoothly throughout the fair.
Thanks to the 4-H County Council. These young adults helped in various ways throughout the fair with set up, tear down and various livestock shows.
Thanks to the various livestock committee members who helped organize the livestock shows and helped behind the scenes in the barns.
A BIG thank you to all of the 4-H Club Leaders who have spent countless hours working with 4-H'ers all year long to prepare them for the fair. The leaders arranged club Achievement Shows, helped with judging day and all during the fair.
Thank you to the judges' assistants who wrote comments on Entry Day. These comments can later be used for growth and improvement for the next project.
Thank you to Dr. Britt Carlson and Valley Vet Center who served as the fair veterinary and also supplied the tub scale that was used to weigh-in market beef, swine, and sheep.
Thank you to Bruce Amundson who hauled the 4-H Swine to market.
Thank you to Jerry & Lynn Ebert, for endless hours of dedication to the young people of this county. For all your hard work before, during, and after the fair.
Thank you to Bob Sleezer who hauled the 4-H Advance Cattle to market.
To all the 4-H Alumni who participated in the Alumni livestock shows. What fun! And all for a good cause. If you are a 4-H alumni and were unable to join us this year, gather your show sticks and join us next year.
A HUGE thank you to the parents, grandparents, and other relatives of 4-H'ers who also contributed to the fair. They are the hidden support system of 4-H. Many 4-H projects would not be completed or even tried without their support and guidance.
Thank you to the many of you who have supported and encouraged the young people of this county by your generous donations of trophies, money and other prizes for their accomplishments. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.
Thank you to Gloria Geerdes, Carmen Henke, Jill Freed, Denise Nicodemous, and Jerry Ebert for serving as judges for the Pride of Iowa contest held on Thursday evening of the fair. I still am waiting for the peach sorbet.
To the Meriden Free Church, what another wonderful service. We love having you at the fair.
To the 4-H Facilities Betterment Committee members, thank you for having the foresight for the new building. Months of hard work writing grants, planning and fundraising have paid off. Yes we were able to use it this year and when all is finished will be an awesome addition to this community.
Cherokee County 4-H should be proud of all that we accomplished last month at the fair as we displayed "The Power of YOUth". We look forward to the 2011 Cherokee County Fair, where we can "Make the Best Better".
Until next weekÖ..