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2022 Cass County Linda & Larry Shafer

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:49 AM
Linda and the late Larry Shafer have been supporters of the Cass County 4-H Program and Cass County Fair for many years, having daughters Jennifer and Amy participate in 4-H and FFA. Linda was a judge’s helper during static exhibit judging for many years both while Amy was in 4-H...
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2021 Cass County Dennis & Marilyn Jipsen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:41 AM
Dennis and Marilyn Jipsen are the 2021 Cass County Hall of Fame inductees. Marilyn grew up as a 4-H member and participated in the West Pottawattamie County Fair. She showed cattle and took various baking and sewing projects. Some of her fond memories include participating in the 4-H Foreign Exchange Program...
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2020 Cass County: Dave & Julie Williamson

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Dave and Julie Williamson are the true definition of 4-H Volunteers. Dave and Julie have dedicated countless hours helping improve the fair, grounds, and the 4-H program. Julie has spent over 20 years as a 4-H club leader. After Julie's time as a club leader, Julie and Dave continue to...
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2019 Cass County: Duane and Gwen Weirich

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:38 AM
Duane and Gwen Weirich have been lifelong supporters of the Cass County Fair and the youth. Duane has dedicated countless hours helping improve the fair, the fairgrounds, and 4-H opportunities in the county. Duane’s tenure on the fair board began in 2003. He worked his way up to president from...
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2018 Cass County: Steve & Laura Olsen

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:02 PM
Steve and Laura Olsen were active leaders of the Brighton 4-H Club for more than 15 years. They raised 5 children who were all 4-H members and participated in the Cass County Fair. Steve has been involved in agriculture his entire life; he graduated from Iowa State University with a...
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2017 Cass County: Dennis & Karen Oathoudt

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:22 PM
Dennis was in 4-H and FFA during the 50’s and 60’s. He was an active member of the Washington G.E.M. 4-H Club. He and his wife Karen, had four children that participated in 4-H during the 80’s and 90’s and today have many grandchildren active in 4-H. Dennis was a...
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2016 Cass County Jerry and Donna Lowers

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:03 AM
Dependable, level-headed, reliable, detail-oriented, dedicated, devoted. All these words only begin to describe the type of man and the couple we wish to honor with the 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame award from Cass County. It was over 30 years ago when our recipient became a long-standing and devoted...
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2015 Cass County- Mary Ottmar

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:00 PM
Mary was an outstanding 4-H member who showcased her leadership & communication skills throughout her membership in 4-H. Mary began her professional Extension career in 1972 as the Cass County Extension 4-H and Youth Leader for 20 years. Mary strived to increase 4-H membership by building strong relationships with the...

2014 Cass County - Eleanor Hoover

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:34 AM
Eleanor’s 4-H career began when she was 10 years old in Mills County where she and her brothers showed horses. She loved helping her dad tend to the horses and was an accomplished barrel racer. In her younger years, she even entered a men’s barrel race at a county fair....
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2013 Cass County - Jim and Patty Rodgers

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:35 AM
Jim served on the Cass County fair board beginning in the early 1990’s, retiring a couple of years ago. During his years of service, he volunteered in many capacities, but really put his heart and hard work into one big entity – the Cass County Fair 4-H food stand. As...
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2012 Cass County- Marlene Miller

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 4:19 PM
Marlene Miller, currently leader of the Cass County Cowpokes, has nearly 50 years of experience as part of the Cass County 4-H program. Marlene Miller was a youth member of the Massena Merry Maids from 1965-1972. As a member, horse was one of her favorite project areas. She did not...
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2011 Cass County - Dean & Virginia Eilts

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:13 PM
Dean Eilts began his volunteer career for Cass County years ago and 2010 marked his 55th fair, with plans to continue for years to come. His wife Virginia helped clerk the Cass County Fair Sale in 1973; then took over as sale clerk in 1974. She retired 30 years later...
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2010 Cass County - Dawn Marnin

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:14 PM
Dawn Marnin started her 4-H career as a Program Leader when her children started 4-H. Soon she became the Organizational Leader for the Grant 4-H Club, for 16 consecutive years. As leader she attended each activity and shows in which the members of her club were involved. She was also...
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2009 Cass County - Melodie Rubel

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:42 PM
Melodies’ start into 4-H was fueled by her parents involvement. She began in 1969 at age 10 and continued until graduating high school. She focused her project work on sewing and constructed many items including both her junior and senior prom gowns. She also was very active in planning activities...
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2008 Cass County - Kathee & Jerry McCrory

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:29 AM
Jerry & Kathee McCrory have combined to give over 50 years of service to the Cass County 4-H program as parents, leaders, volunteers and committee members. Jerry has served as a leader of the Union Leaders 4-H Club for 21 years. Jerry has also served on the Cass County Extension...
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2007 Cass County - Matt Rogers

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:22 AM
Matt Rogers was active in 4-H as a member of the Franklin’s Future 4-H club in Cass County. Even after graduating from high school, Matt’s passion for the 4-H program and for the Cass County Fair was evident. Matt joined the Cass County Fairboard in the fall of 2003. But...
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2006 Cass County - Marlys Berry

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:17 PM
In 1974, Marlys Berry began her 33 year career as a 4-H leader of the Klassy Kassettes 4-H club. In 1980 the girls and boys clubs combined to form the Cass Coed Clan. Marlys has been responsible for all of the administrative responsibilities of a 4-H club leader. She gathers...
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2005 Cass County - Ray & Rosemary Zellmer

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:20 AM
Ray & Rosemary Zellmer have combined to give over 50 years of service to the Cass County 4-H program as parents, leaders, volunteers and board members. In 1982, Ray joined the Cass County Fairboard. He was elected as Treasurer of the group in 1994 and continues to hold that office....
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2004 Cass County - LaVon Eblen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:19 PM
Cass County is honored to induct LaVon Eblen as its 2004 member of the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. LaVon has spent many years supporting 4-H both as a volunteer and Extension staff member. LaVon • Served as Home Economist in Cass County. • Served as County Extension Education Director...
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2003 Cass County - Wray McDermott

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:47 PM
For more then 50 years, Wray McDermott has given his time and energy to the youth of Cass County as a parent, a leader, a board member and a volunteer. In 1972 Wray joined the Cass County Fairboard. He served on the board for 15 years and held all of...
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2002 Cass County - Raymond Butt

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:51 PM
Raymond Butt has served as a 4-H club leader in Cass County for 42 years. Membership in the Cass Coed Clan 4-H club has remained strong and active under his leadership. Raymond has always been willing to go above and beyond to help out the youth in Cass County. He...
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