Posted on August 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM by Global Reach
Henry Kruse Jr. had been active with the 4-H program since he was 11 years old. In 1965 he represented Dubuque County 4-H at the State 4-H Conference and was the alternate in the state demonstration program. A year later he became the Dubuque County Fair King.
Henry served as a 4-H leader over 40 years. He started as the assistant leader of the Dyersville Jr. Farmers and later became the leader of the New Vienna Jr. Farmers. Then he helped form the New Vienna Future Homemakers for girls within the community who were interested in 4-H. He enjoyed assisting all six of his children when they participated in the 4-H program.
While being a leader, he served on the Dubuque County Extension Council, helped with setting up for the fair, and lent a hand with various activities throughout the week of the fair for many years. He was the dairy project leader and helped with herdsmanship over 30 years. Henry Jr. coordinated the St. Boniface cemetery cleanup day, as well as the lunch stand for the New Vienna tractor pull.
Henry has thoroughly enjoyed 4-H and what it has to offer youth in the community. Even though Henry isn’t a leader anymore, he can still be found attending the Dubuque County Fair, sipping on an ice cold lemonade served by the Lions Club and watching the 4-H judging.