Posted on August 23, 2021 at 11:52 AM by Emily Saveraid
Although Jimmy wasn't in 4-H when he was young, he saw the value when his daughter joined and has been advocate since. His enthusiasm is contagious when he talks about all the different areas of 4-H. He has served as a 4-H leader and a member of the Guthrie County Youth Committee, Workshop Committee, and Food Stand Committee. Jimmy hasn't met a stranger, which has really helped us broaden our focus on county wide workshops. He doesn't like to be the center of attention, so he never gets the credit he deserves.
Jimmy's occupation as a mechanic has helped fuel the Bucket of Junk contest as a fun annual fundraiser at teh county fair. Not only did he work out the rules, but he is constantly finding new and different items to put in the buckets. Rarely is Jimmy found without a trailer on his truck which is beneficial for picking up Bucket of Junk supplies, move rabbit and poultry cages, relocating Static Building materials, or even bringing supplies to workshops.
Guthrie County is lucky to have a volunteer like Jimmy. When our Fair Board was working on fundraising for a new Poultry and Rabbit Barn, Jimmy co-led an effort to hold a big garage sale at the fairgrounds. He took time from his family and business to pick up donations just so the youth could have a new barn. The garage sale was a huge success due to his dedication.
Jimmy's focus isn't just on 4-H at fair time. He is committed to ensuring youth have an opportunity to explore different interests with different workshops. He has been instrumental in getting the garden box challenge set up, annual welding workshops, small engine workshop, solar workshop and much more.
Jimmy has given countless hours and many sleepless nights to ensure that everyone has a positive experience. Guthrie County is honored to have a volunteer as selfless as Jimmy Hummel.