Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM by Global Reach
The Kenneth Fox family was nominated as 4-H Family of the Week in 1972. The Fox family had a combined 72 years of 4-H experience and was recognized during National 4-H Week that year. 4-H families like the Foxes have had a positive impact on Buchanan County communities. For this reason, the community has faithfully supported the 4-H program through financial contributions at the most distinguished event at each Buchanan County Fair—The Pie Auction. In 1976, many Buchanan 4-H members wanted to attend camps and area events, but could not afford it. The 4-H Program Assistant at that time, Beverly Spahn, successfully came up with the idea of a pie-baking contest and auction as a way to raise money to pay for the 4-H’ers’ expenses. The idea was an immediate success!
Every year since 1976, the Pie Auction is THE big event at the Fair, capping off a day of chopping fresh fruit, rolling dough to the perfect thickness, and smelling the wonderful aroma of fresh-baked pie. Two or three generations of families will bake pies together, and they are joined by businesses, the Youth County Council, and other individuals who vie for the big trophies. After the judging, the contestants parade through the packed pavilion and show off their pies while auctioneers sell the pies. Theses pies will sell for $400 or more! The buyer enjoys a delicious pie, the baker enjoys the satisfaction of contributing to a great cause, and the 4-H’ers receive financial support when they attend area, state, and national 4-H events.
Energy and tradition—both fuel the 4-H program in Buchanan County, and both traits will continue to be evident in the community’s support of up-coming, quality leaders in the local 4-H clubs.
Buchanan County citizens certainly apply the 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better” in their community!
Visit theBuchanan County 4-H Website.