Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:50 AM by Emily Saveraid
LuAnn Farrell from Bryant, Iowa was very active in the Clinton County 4-H program for decades. As she grew up, LuAnn was encouraged to be involved in the 4-H program. She started as a member of the Clinton Busy Bodies 4-H Club, growing into the club leader role for the Elvira Hi Ho 4-H Girls Club and a project superintendent.
As a 4-H member, LuAnn enjoyed home economics and communication project areas the most. This passion continued into her adult life as she served as the superintendent of home economic projects for the Clinton County Fair. Over her 12 years as a 4-H leader of the Elvira Hi Ho Girls 4-H Club, she provided consistent encouragement to her members in the home economics project area.
LuAnn also served on Youth Committee for 12 years working with the Extension staff to help organize county-wide activities. She worked behind the scenes especially at the county level and was instrumental in making programs successful.
LuAnn later served as a judge at many other county fairs around Clinton County. She also enjoyed helping organize the communication presentations at the Iowa State Fair for several years.
LuAnn met her husband Patrick at a county 4-H activity when they were still in high school. They married in June of 1960. Patrick lost his life in a farm accident in August of 1978 while the county fair was going on. Patrick was serving as a leader of the Elvira Rustlers at the time. He was very active in the 4-H program with LuAnn. Together they have four children (who are also active in 4-H), eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
LuAnn loves the fair and enjoys coming back every year. She has many fond memories of being involved in the 4-H program. LuAnn believes 4-H teaches the ethics and values that can help our youth go in the right direction as they become adults in this changing world.