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2020 Washington County: Dave Birney & Duane Sprouse

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
As staples to the Washington County Fair sheep project, Dave Birney and Duane Sprouse can typically be found in the sheep barn or in the Extension office mulling over show orders during fair week. Both have served as sheep project superintendents for 48 years; they’ve seen it all and continue...
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2019 Washington County: Shirley Pfeifer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:26 PM
When Shirley Pfeiffer, 90, joined Emmet County 4-H as a high schooler, she had no inkling she was beginning a lifelong relationship. Her 4-H career began when her mother agreed to become leader of a girls’ club. Now, some 75 years later, the longtime Washington County resident continues to serve...
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2018 Washington County: Nancy Schmidt

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:38 PM
Nancy Schmidt’s involvement with 4-H began as a member of the Cinderellas 4-H Club in Washington County. It was there she learned to set goals and work to reach them, skills that served her well throughout her career. Her project areas in 4-H prompted her to go into Home Economics...

2017 Washington County: Keith and Sara Murphy

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:22 AM
Keith and Sara Murphy have a beautiful 4-H love story. They have been married 57 years and it all started while dating when they were 4-Hers in Washington County. They both participated in the weeklong county exchange program to Mackinaw Island in Michigan and that seemed to seal the deal...

2016 Washington County Jim and Louella Schneider

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:52 AM
Jim and Louella Schneider carry on a strong family tradition of 4-H. Jim grew up as a Riverside Rambler 4-H member in Washington County. He has been a 4-H leader of the Ramblers since 1976 taking over the reins from his brother, John, who took over from their dad, Elmer....

2015 Washington County- Harold and Shirley Bohr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:26 PM
Harold and Shirley Bohr have been involved with 4-H and the Washington County Fair for a number of years in a multitude of ways. Harold passed away in 2014 and Shirley has stepped down from some of her organizational duties. Their smiles, cheerful ways, and helping hands have made 4-H...

2013 Washington County - James Frier

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:07 AM
Jim Frier’s involvement with 4-H began as a 4-H’er in Grundy County. He showed Berkshire hogs and fed cattle. He was on the Livestock Judging Team for three years and his last year earned 2nd high honors in the state. He attended ISU and was a 4-H summer trainee in...

2012 Washington County- Nancy Adrian

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:15 AM
Nancy Adrian grew up in Washington County as a 4-H member. Her long 4-H experience started as many do – she was first a 4-H member. She was active at the county level as a member of county council. She participated at many State Fair communication events and also State...

2011 Washington County - Gale Whitacre and Harold Wylie

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:50 AM
When you add their years of service together, Gale Whitacre and Harold Wylie have been leaders of the Washington County Horse and Pony Club for 64 years. That is ironic when you learn between the two of them they only have one year of experience as 4-Hers themselves. During their...

2010 Washington County - Pat Greiner

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:58 AM
Pat Greiner of Keota, Iowa has been actively involved with Washington County 4-H and Fair for 35 years. Growing up there were no 4-H clubs in Pat’s area so he wasn’t able to have the 4-H experience as a child, but as an adult he has been very actively involved....

2009 Washington County - Donald Davison

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:12 PM
As a youth Donald “Donnie” Davison was not able to be in 4-H. It was during the war and times were tough. However, as a young man he was contacted by a lady to see if he would be a leader for a struggling 4-H club. That was the beginning...

2008 Washington County - Marie Hora

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:09 AM
As a young girl growing up, Marie can remember several things she was taught while in 4-H. Marie started as a 4-H Club Leader in the sixties in Jackson Township in Washington County, which she continued for several years. She later became the photography project leader as the project became...

2007 Washington County - Robert L. Spenner, Sr.

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:18 AM
Robert L. Spenner, Sr. has been an active member of Washington County 4-H since 1945. He has been a member, club leader, chaperone, host family for the Japanese Exchange Program, served on the Extension Council and on the sheep committee for the fair. Robert was a member of the Cedar...

2006 Washington County - Elmer Schneider

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:52 AM
Elmer was a 4-H leader for 20 years. He received the Honorary 4-H Member award in 1974. He has eight children who have shown over 216 beef cattle, as well as sheep, chickens, rabbits, swine, and non-livestock projects. Twenty-one of his 22 grandchildren have shown in 4-H and are still...

2005 Washington County - Mike Orris

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:30 PM
In 1957, Mike was asked to be the secretary/treasurer of the Washington County Fair Board. He has continued to be active in the Washington County Fair for 48 years. After serving as secretary/treasurer, he became fair manager and continues to serve in that role. Mike has seen a lot of...

2004 Washington County - Howard and Shirley Bohr

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 10:42 AM
Washington County is proud to recognize Howard and Shirley for their many years of outstanding support and dedication to the county 4-H program. Howard’s Contributions: *4-H leader of the Limecreek Livewires for 48 years (was a member of the club from 12 years of age and was in the club...

2003 Washington County - Gary Murphy

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 11:13 AM
Gary Murphy served as an educator for 34 years: 7 years as a teacher and 27 years as an elementary school principal. He loves having fun with children. He helped plan annual reading reward days that included a petting zoo, a tent circus in the gymnasium, beach day, and carnivals....

2002 Washington County - H. Esther Birney

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:38 AM
Esther Birney has been a long time supporter and volunteer for the 4-H program both in Washington County and on the state level. She was the leader of the Iowa Maidens 4-H Club for 12 years. Following her retirement as club leader, Esther continued her involvement with 4-H as superintendent...
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