Posted on August 24, 2017 at 3:18 PM by Emily Saveraid
Melissa Fahr has been a Buena Vista 4-Her seemingly all her life. She grew up as a member of two clubs, the Maple Valley Motivators 4-H Club as well as the Maple Valley Agriculturists- the same club where both of her parents were active leaders. (Melissa’s mother, Kathy Fahr, was also an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.) As a Buena Vista County 4-Her, Melissa enjoyed participating in the project areas of visual arts, personal development, communications, dog, beef, and swine. However, Melissa adds that she “showed in just about every category, and tried most all of the project areas at one time or another” during her 4-H career. She added she even showed turkeys one year!
As an adult, Melissa has been actively involved in the Buena Vista County 4-H program through a variety of areas. She has taught 4-H dog obedience classes for the past 24 years, has led a variety of county-wide workshops, and worked a number of summers and at “fair time” in our local extension office. Melissa has been a 19-year 4-H leader of the Fairfield Pioneers 4-H Club. In addition, Melissa worked as the Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator for two years from 2002-2004. During this time Melissa started the County Youth Council for Buena Vista County and has been their advisor ever since. Through her various 4-H leadership roles, she has guided many young people to new project areas, and helped them develop valuable leadership and citizenship skills. She also enjoys judging 4-H personal development, communications, and dog projects at various other county fairs in northwest Iowa.
Melissa is also an active member in her community, playing piano for her church and working on community service projects. She has taught math at Glidden-Ralston Junior-Senior High School for the past 13 years.