Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:32 AM by Emily Saveraid
Randy became involved with the 4-H program when his oldest daughter Katie joined 4-H and started showing sheep and swine back in 1989. His other two children, Molly and Brian, followed in Katie’s footsteps with all three being involved in the livestock showing. Randy is actively involved with helping in all aspects of the program. He has served on the sheep committee for many years and was the superintendent for several of those years. He has not missed a weigh-in day since he started working with the 4-H program. He enjoys helping young members who are just starting their first 4-H projects and teaching them how to care for their animals and prepare them to show at the fair.
He assists in the livestock auction at the fair and makes sure the kids get a fair market price on the animals they sell at the auction. Randy enjoys raising lambs and goats.
Randy served on the Buchanan County Fair Board for many years. After stepping down, not only was he able to put his full effort in the 4-H shows during fair week, but also was able to provide more opportunity for friends and family to be involved in 4-H, which is his true love.
Randy currently has three of his grandchildren who have joined 4-H and are showing livestock. He enjoys spending time with them on the farm and teaching them how to feed and groom their animals. He hopes this will go on for future generations. Randy believes that being a part of 4-H helps kids learn life skills that others do not get a chance to build at a young age, it builds their confidence, they learn to become leaders and learn that hard work will provide you with rewards in the end. He has made lifelong friends through the years while partaking in both the county fair and the state fair.