Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:48 AM by Emily Saveraid

Becky SimonsBecky is a long-time Clay County 4-H volunteer. She is a bright spot during the Clay County Fair and is always friendly, welcoming, and helpful.

A recollection from former Clay County 4-H’er and current Clay County 4-H volunteer, Jamie Lucht, describes Becky’s style of volunteering: “My first encounters with Becky would have been when I was in 7th grade and started showing my cousin’s horse.  I was young. I knew no one and knew nothing. Becky’s daughter, Rachel, is a year or two older than me and showed horses as well.  I found Becky & Rachel to be very helpful and very welcoming. I have continued to show horses and work at horse shows with Becky as an adult, and I admire how welcoming she is to both old and new members.”  

The horse barn is not the only place you will find Becky during the fair. While her kids were growing-up, they also had rabbits, and she spent many years on the Clay County Rabbit Committee. She helps record results during part of the cattle show. She is an avid photographer and helps with both 4-H and open class photography. She is also on the state 4-H horse committee. 

There is no doubt her sense of inclusion and cheerful demeanor is not only why she is appreciated on the Clay County 4-H Horse Committee, but also why so many people in the community appreciate having Becky as part of their organization. Becky understands helping youth in 4-H is not only about making sure every exhibitor has a good experience at the fair, it is about helping develop the next generation of fair goers, farmers, church members, and community members.  

Categories: 2021, Clay

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