Posted on August 30, 2011 at 1:39 PM by Global Reach
Mike and Kandy Franzen have been a part of 4-H since the 1980’s when their kids joined 4-H. They also have been a part of the Jackson County Fair in Maquoketa, IA for many years. Currently Mike is the president of the fair board there. So he knows all about the 4-H program. Kandy was a County Council Advisor for many years, as well as a 4-H leader for the Monmouth Co-Ed Club. Mike also is currently on the Wyoming Fair board in Jones County and also helps out at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, IA.
They love to go to the fairs in Jackson and Jones counties and support the kids. During the 4-H livestock sales they have purchased several exhibits but they don’t always bring them home. Instead they purchase and return them to the exhibitors to take back home. Mike has always liked to see the kids make a little money on their projects. And they also purchase a couple of calves from kids from the area.
Mike and Kandy help with the Queen contest at Jackson County fair , and have helped in the past with the Jones County fair (Wyoming, IA) contest as well. They help with the interview process as well as crowning the queen, and runner ups.
Anyone that calls and asks for information on a certain tractor for a 4-H project, Mike is always there to help and explain to them what it needs to run or the rights parts that need to be on it for that particular year.
When it comes to the 4-H kids and their communities, the word NEVER, is not in their vocabulary. # 1 priority is the kids and their 4-H projects and exhibits. They have been strong supporters for years and will be strong supporters for years to come because their grandkids are starting to show at the local fair.