Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM by Global Reach
Gary and Sharon Erickson both grew up in Humboldt County. Gary was in
4-H for 8 years starting in 1949 with sheep projects and Sharon was in 4-H for almost 2 years with educational projects.
Gary was the Humboldt County Lamb project leader for many years and has served as the sheep superintendent for the Humboldt County Fair for 15 years. He has also served on the Fair Board for 12 years. Gary has been involved in several sheep organizations serving many people around Iowa, including: Iowa Sheep & Wool Promotion Board, Iowa Sheep Association, and Western Iowa Mid States Wool Growers. Gary and Sharon have supplied lambs for 4-H exhibitors to show at fairs for many years.
Sharon has served on the Humboldt County 4-H Youth Committee for over 25 years, been a fair judge for events in Hewitt Hall and helped 4-H leaders with projects and record books. She still volunteers to help at the Humboldt Fair. In addition, Sharon has helped interview 4-H members for Iowa State 4-H Office and has served on state committees for 4-H record books. Sharon has also chaperoned for two 4-H Recognition Trips for Humboldt County Award Winners and for two Citizenship Washington Focus Trips for Humboldt County 4-H’ers.
Gary and Sharon’s children, Susan and Gayle, were 4-H members and were involved in sheep, cooking, and educational projects.
Gary and Sharon enjoy helping 4-H’rs grow, seeing them develop, and building and strengthening their life skills. Gary and Sharon have been awarding a Wool Shawl to the winner of the 4-H Fashion Revue event at the Humboldt Fair for over 25 years to recognize 4-H members for sewing and constructing clothing projects.