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2022 Plymouth County Vernon & Karen Harrington

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:09 PM
Vernon and Karen Harrington are no strangers to Plymouth County 4-H! Vernon was a 4-H’er in the Washington Wild Cats and exhibited beef. Karen was a member of the Plymouth Peppers and exhibited foods, clothing, home improvement, personal development and photography. She also was a member of the Merrill Blue...

2021 Plymouth County Joe Rotta

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:29 PM
Although Joe was never involved in 4-H growing up, he has lived the 4-H experience through his three children. His children were involved with swine, sheep, beef, and static projects at the county fair. Melissa and Lynnae were members of the Classy Clovers 4-H Club while his son Andrew was...

2020 Plymouth County: Linda Beitelspacher

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Linda first joined the Grant Little Giants 4-H club in 1959 when her dad was asked to be a leader. She was a member for ten years and exhibited cattle. Linda was honored to be crowned Plymouth County Fair Queen in 1967 and named 2nd runner-up to the Iowa State...
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2019 Plymouth County: Iris Hemmingson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:03 PM
Iris Hemmingson got her 4-H roots started in Mitchell County, Iowa. She was a member from age 10 through high school graduation. She then attended Iowa State University to study home economics because of her connection with the ISU Home Economist while in high school. She felt it was a...
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2018 Plymouth County: Brett & Hallie McNaughton

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:59 PM
Brett and Hallie have always made 4-H a top priority in their lives! As a youth, Brett participated in Plymouth County 4-H for 9 years. They raised two boys, Ross and John, in the Plymouth County 4-H program, keeping active by exhibiting sheep, beef, and swine. Brett and Hallie were...
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2017 Plymouth County: John and Debra Ahlers

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:17 AM
4-H has played an important role in the lives of John and Debra Ahlers and their family. Debra was a Grant Clever Cloverette 4-H member in Plymouth County. During her 4-H years, Debra did a variety of projects including baking and sewing, but her favorite projects were the various refinishing...

2016 Plymouth County Tony and Shirley Schroeder

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:09 AM
Tony and Shirley Schroeder of Plymouth County are 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipients. Tony was first involved in 4-H when he was a member of the Union Vikings 4-H Club. He took part in the swine project. Little did he know when he married Shirley, their lives would...

2015 Plymouth County- Dennis Baldwin

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
In July of 1988, Dennis’s son Chad showed lambs in his first sheep show. This began a long association with the Plymouth County Fair. Within a few years Dennis was asked to join the sheep committee and the rest is history. During the past 25 years Dennis has watched his...

2014 Plymouth County - Carol Schneider

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:28 AM
Carol Schneider had to beg her parents two different times before they let her join 4-H. Little did she know just how much 4-H would shape her life for years to come. Carol was a member of the Franklin Friendly Farmerettes and the Franklin Happy-G0-Luckies 4-H Clubs. After high school Carol...

2013 Plymouth County - Gary Larson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:44 PM
Much credit is given to Gary Larson for helping establish the 4-H Shooting Sports club in Plymouth County in 2008. While Gary himself was not a 4-H member as a youth, he embraced the goals of the Iowa 4-H program and shared his love of the outdoors through the various...

2012 Plymouth County- Rich Kalas

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:49 AM
Rich’s 4-H experience began back in 1940 when he first joined the Liberty Perry Pacers 4-H Club at the age of ten! One of his fondest memories was helping to build the first building on the current fairgrounds. At that time 4-H members rode their bikes to the neighbors to...

2011 Plymouth County - Jeff Klemme

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:53 PM
Jeff Klemme has always had a passion for agriculture. He grew up helping on the family farm and then he and his wife Cindy, would continue farming and raising livestock on their farm. Jeff’s favorite time of year was the county fair! His three children, Jessica, Cassie, and Chance were...

2010 Plymouth County - Wayne & Julie Beitelspacher

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:27 PM
Wayne was a Plymouth County 4-H member for nine years in the Grant Little Giants Club. It was here that Wayne learned how to set goals and developed a strong work ethic. After he and Julie were married and had children of their own, this 4-H tradition would continue. Both...

2009 Plymouth County - Norm & Ruth Barker

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:58 PM
Norm and Ruth Barker may not have been 4-H’ers growing up but that didn’t keep them from taking part in the town of Craig, Iowa’s 4-H Fair. This fair began in the 1940’s when the three area churches got together to hold the annual event that would take place for...

2008 Plymouth County - Donna Holck

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:18 PM
Donna grew up in O’Brien County in Paullina. At that time there were not any clubs in town and her parents were not able to take her out to any clubs in the country. After Donna married Don and had three children of her own, she knew what an impact...

2007 Plymouth County - Zelda Sherlock

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:33 PM
Zelda Sherlock was never a 4-H’er because she lived in town and at that time town kids couldn’t belong to 4-H. She does remember being able to attend club meetings though. Her aunt was a 4-H leader and she got to go along. Although Zelda was never an official member,...

2006 Plymouth County - Vince Hoefling

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:43 PM
Vince and his wife Madonna continue to stay involved in 4-H watching their eight children participate. His sons Kirk, Kevin, Kenny, Duane, Scott, and Kyle all took part in the beef and swine projects while daughters Gail and Cathy were also involved in beef and swine along with cooking, sewing,...

2005 Plymouth County - Dr. John Conley, DVM/VMD

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:01 PM
Dr. John Conley is a familiar face to Plymouth County as well as the Plymouth County Fair. John’s memories of 4-H trail all the way back to 1942 when he was just a young 4-H’er from rural Kingsley, Iowa, learning how to show pigs. Little did John know that this...

2004 Plymouth County - Bob and Ruth Kenaley

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 11:03 AM
Bob Kenaley grew up in Stanton Township where he belonged to Plymouth County 4-H. The main project area he participated in was cattle. After Bob’s 4-H days were over he met Ruth who he later married. They had 2 sons and a daughter: Dan, Pat, and Margaret. They would all...

2003 Plymouth County - Gene and Annette Held

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 12:42 PM
Gene and Annette Held, both 4-H members, met when they were delegates to National 4-H Club Congress. Gene was attending as a result of his 4-H beef project and Annette was a delegate from Douglas County, Nebraska, as a Citizenship Award winner. During Congress Annette was hosting a booth promoting...

2002 Plymouth County - Lowell Baldwin

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:44 PM
Lowell has been a dedicated 4-H volunteer for 27 years serving as a leader for the Liberty Perry Pacers 4-H Club. He started his 4-H career as a charter member of the Johnson Jr. Farmers 4-H Club near Akron when the club organized in 1940. He and his wife, the...
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