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2019 Clarke County: Nancy Crabtree

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:45 AM
Nancy’s perspective; If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Nancy Crabtree of New Virginia, in Clarke County began her dog obedience classes when she was 14 years of age. Being on the lookout for something new, Nancy chose dog obedience as one...
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2018 Clarke County: Paula Hein

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:16 PM
Paula started with the 4-H program when she was nine years old as a member of the Washington Wonderettes 4-H Club. Sheep was her favorite project area. When Paula returned home from college, she volunteered to help with the sheep show, both in the ring and assisting the exhibitors. In...

2017 Clarke County: Darwin Downing

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:33 PM
Darwin Downing was a member of the Greenbay Gophers 4-H Club for nine years, from 1961 – 1970. He showed in numerous project areas including; swine, beef cattle, photography, sheep, and participated in many communication projects. His 4-H leader was his father, Arlan. Darwin continues to remember that in the...

2016 Clarke County John Haub

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:02 AM
John Haub began his life-long passion for the land and cattle when growing up on his family’s rural Boone County farm. He participated in 4-H and showed Purebred Shorthorns at the local county fair. In 1975, John married his wife, Debbie. Two years later, they moved to the Clarke County...

2015 Clarke County- Melanie Eddy

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Melanie Eddy’s passion for 4-H began at a very young age. She grew up on a farm in rural Osceola and joined 4-H in the 5th grade. She was a member of the Ward Washington Wanderettes girl’s 4-H club, and showed interest in food and nutrition, clothing and home furnishings....

2014 Clarke County - Joyce Branson

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:28 PM
Joyce began her career with Clarke County Extension in 1981 as an office assistant and retired in 2010. Many of her hours were spent helping enroll 4-Hers, organizing show bills and creating and assembling the fair book each year. Joyce said, “At that time, this was a big job and...

2013 Clarke County - Leland Dolecheck

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:40 AM
Having grown up on a farm in rural Ringgold County, Leland Dolecheck quickly gained a passion for the land and livestock. After high school he served two years in the armed services and then attended college at Iowa State University. In 1961 he received a job as an Ag teacher...

2012 Clarke County- Bill Short

Posted on 07/26/2012 at 1:43 PM
Having grown up in Dallas County, Bill Short was a part of an active 4-H family. He and his sisters raised hogs and exhibited them at the county and state levels. As a youth, he served as the county’s 4-H president, and that passion for 4-H only continued throughout his...

2002 Clarke County - Merlin Newman

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:13 PM
Merlin Newman served on the Clarke County Fair Board for 17 years, replacing his father on the board. He served as president of the board for 8 years. He was always very enthusiastic about the fair and helping young people. Merlin was a 4-H’er himself and has received National 4-H...
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