Dean Bettis joined 4-H in 1959 and bought his first calf with help from Gooches labels that his mother and grandmothers saved for him. Deans father, Donald was in 4-H in his youth and Dean’s 3 brothers also followed the 4-H calling. Dean graduated high school in 1967 and so ended his years in
4-H showing livestock. He couldn’t wait for his children to be old enough to join 4-H and start the family tradition of showing livestock, so he became a leader for a few years.
He taught his 3 kids how to show livestock and care for them and was very proud of all their trophies and ribbons. When his kids were done with
4-H, he continued to help with weigh-ins; one year it rained all day and he caught a very bad cold, but that never stopped Dean from helping with the 4-H program and kids.
He has helped the 4-H youth in the show ring and anywhere else he could see a need. Dean helped get the sandbox built for the younger kids to play in at the fairgrounds; he bought and donated lumber for picnic tables. Dean is always thinking of ways to improve the fairgrounds and the 4-H program. He got the gently used tables & chairs from the Cedar, Iowa courthouse when they got newer ones. He helps to rent the fairgrounds out, making income for improvements to the fairgrounds. He helps spray for weeds, found bleachers at bargain price, pushed for the new swine barn for the 4-H youth and Fair Board building. Dean is the man to contact if you want to camp at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, he helps set up for campers, getting electricity available for campers and collecting fees from them every year. He has been President of the Monroe County Fair Board for 10 years.
Dean has always been there for the Monroe County 4-H youth and 4-H program. He is an avid donor and volunteer, putting in countless hours to help with shows, fundraisers, Fairs and projects.
Without Dean Bettis our Monroe County Fair would not be what it is today.