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Bomgaars family donates $40k to 4-H Expo Conference Center

Friday, August 24, 2012

Roger and Jane Bomgaars of Sioux City recently donated $40,000 to the completion of the Cherokee County 4-H Expo Center's Conference Center to finish the completion of the interior of the building. After the completion of the project the building the conference center will be named the Bomgaars Conference Center. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Bomgaars family to the Cherokee County Fair Board and the Cherokee County 4-H Expo Center Planning Committee was Jim Nelson, Manager of the Cherokee Bomgaars Store. Pictured, left to right, (members of the 4-H Expo Center Planning Committee) John Langschwager, Peggy Corrington, Jim Corrington, Sue Schwaller, Bill Schwaller, Earl Cresap, (Cherokee Bomgaars Store Manager) Jim Nelson, (Cherokee Country Fair Board members) Brad Nelson, Lanna Rife, Terry Garybill, Betty Haselholff, and Leon Klotz. Photo by Mike Leckband
On Wednesday members of the Cherokee County 4-H Expo Center Planning Committee along with members of Cherokee County Fair Board met with Jim Nelson, Manager of the Cherokee Bomgaars Store, who represented Roger and Jan Bomgaars and the Bomgaars Supply, Inc.., who has pledged $40,000 towards the Cherokee County 4-H Expo Building at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds that was constructed two years ago.

The pledge is for the completion of the 4-H Conference Center.

The 4-H Conference Center when completed will be able to house meetings and events and will be named the "Bomgaars Conference Center."

Bomgaars family has always been a supporter of the activities based around 4-H and county fairs. The opportunity to help build this facility in Cherokee County fits with Bomgaars' desire to promote groups involved in the rich farm and ranch traditions of the Midwest.

Bomgaars is the fourth generation farm and home store business based in Sioux City, and is owned by Roger and Jane Bomgaars. The chain of stores which started in 1931, has now spread across eight Midwestern states with 60 locations.

The Bomgaars family purchased the Cherokee store in 1976 from Louie and Grace Katzman who ran the Farm and Home store on the south side of Cherokee for many years.

The Cherokee purchase was the eighth location for the Bomgaars family. Due to growth opportunities the store is now located in a larger building on the North Second Street in Cherokee.

The 4-H Conference Center is a estimated 45 foot by 35 foot building that is attached to the south side of the 4-H Expo Building. Interior of the building still needs to be completed including restroom facility, countertops and several other amenities.

Once the work is completed the newly named Bomgaars Conferences Center will be available to the general public to rent year round and of course be available to all Cherokee County 4-H Clubs and activities.

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