Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM by Global Reach

Robert EmdeRobert Emde never met a stranger. He loved talking to people and loved getting them to his county fair. 

As a Washington County 4-H and FFA member, Robert exhibited cattle at the county and state level.  His friends explained he had an eye for good black cattle and they had many fond memories of showing together.  He knew the cattle business well and kept busy in that department even after graduating from 4-H.  As a Washington County Fair Board member, he helped in the show ring at all the beef shows, set up the barns, and even slept in the barns overnight during his 33 years on the board. 

He and his wife travelled to over 60 of Iowa’s county fairs because he loved to see what other county fairs were doing and what he could bring back to Washington County.  He always enjoyed attending the annual Fair Board meeting. 

After 33 years of service to the Washington County Fair Board, health issues forced him to retire.  His wife remembered how it broke his heart. It was the hardest thing for him to give up.  He enjoyed everything about young people and fairs. 

He was honored to receive a plaque from the Washington County Fair Board when he retired and it is proudly displayed in his home.  

His wife, Susan, was sure Robert had been to every Washington County Fair for almost 70 years until he was unable to attend.  He was proud to be a 4-H and FFA member and a fair board member for 33 years.    


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