Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM by Global Reach

2003 Fremont County - Max BoydMax was asked by a neighbor and friend, Paul McElroy, if he would take his place on the Fremont County Fair Board.  Max thought Paul was talking in the future, but Max was elected the following term and served in this capacity for 25 years.  Twenty of those years were spent as treasurer.  During these years, Max developed many friendships throughout the county and a lot of fair buildings were built.

The Boyd family was actively involved in 4-H and the County Fair.  Curtis and Christopher were county 4-H officers and enjoyed entering county and State Fair exhibits.  Daughter Alison was County Fair queen and also won many ribbons at county and State Fair.  Max was 4-H leader, 4-H project leader, served on the Extension Council and received the 4-H Meritorious Service Award.  Wife Evelyn was a 4-H leader and entered many open class exhibits, especially in garden and flower show.

Max says “it is gratifying to see the young people we worked with become today’s 4-H leaders and see them continue to make 4-H successful in Fremont County.  The many things learned in 4-H help develop responsible citizens.  Over the years, things have changed.  We used to have a large open class—flowers, crafts, canned products and sewing, but, as times changed, people had less time to spend.  Early years we always had some entertainment for the night shows.”

Max remembered one fair when the judge was supposed to be in Sidney at 8:30 a.m.  He did not show up.  When the Fair Board called him, he had forgotten, so Max and another individual had to fly and get him.  Judging was not until 1 p.m.

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