Posted on April 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM by Global Reach
Ray and Leone Mitchell were HUGE supporters of 4H and the Floyd County Fair. They served on the 4H County Committee and long time 4H leaders helping establish both the West St. Charles Feeders and West St. Charles Goalshooters 4H club. Ray was on the fairboard when the current fairgrounds was built and established in 1954. Ray and Leone along with their 10 children spent much time helping to build and landscape the current facilities. In fact most of the old growth trees on the grounds were directly transplanted from the Mitchell grove south of Charles City.
But perhaps their biggest legacy to the Floyd County Fair is the love of participating in 4H they instilled in their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 2006, marked the 60th consecutive year that someone from their family has exhibited 4H projects at the Floyd County Fair. All 10 of their children showed at the fair, then with no break 17 of their grandchildren showed then again no break as 12 of their great grandchildren showed or are currently showing. There are also 4 great grandchildren “in the wings” waiting for their first 4H and fair experience. We can proudly say that Floyd County 4H is in the Mitchell blood.