Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:06 AM by Emily Saveraid

Kenneth PolsleyThough he was not involved in 4-H as a youth, Kenneth took a keen interest in his children’s 4-H activities. He was an assistant leader for the Colfax Champions 4-H Club, which his son, Kenny, belonged to in the late 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, his younger children Kathy, Stephanie, Caroline, and Alicia all participated in 4-H. Kenneth immensely enjoyed helping his children with their projects. A favorite memory is when he helped his daughters’ 4-H club, the Amity Apple Corps, build a bridge on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail as a service project.

Kenneth raised sheep since he was a boy, and his children have shown sheep and horses at the Page County Fair. He volunteered as the assistant sheep superintendent for a few years, and then served as the sheep superintendent for 11 years. During that time, Kenneth always emphasized to 4-Hers the importance of good animal husbandry and the fun of learning. He worked with fair board members on fairground improvements and gave time and finances toward the construction of portable pens when the sheep show outgrew its original facilities.

Since his retirement as Sheep Superintendent, Kenneth continues his contributions to 4-H. He sponsors the trophy for the Grand Champion Pen of Three Market Lambs each year. Along with his wife, Jean, he works at the 4-H pop stand during the Page County Fair. He enjoys visiting with past 4-Hers and meeting new families. Kenneth is also a member of the Page County 4-H Honorary and Alumni awardees. 

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