Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 9:17 AM by Emily Saveraid

George MeyerWhen people hear the word "4-H" in Lyon County, they think of the "best four days of summer” at the county fair. Those four fun-filled days, take preparation by many friendly faces.  George Meyer was one of those faces that will likely be remembered for his dedication to making it just that ... the BEST four days of summer. 

George willingly served the 4-H program in countless ways throughout his life.  He served on the Lyon County Fair Board from 1979-2019.  He was President for ten of those years (2006-2016) and Poultry Superintendent for nearly 40 years (1980-2019.)  Through these platforms, George dedicated a lot of time doing whatever was needed to make each year a success.  You could always find him busy getting ready each year by grading the grounds, attending to maintenance issues, setting up pens and cages, and some years cleaning up after flood waters covered the fairgrounds.   George was also very active in planning for grandstand events and advocating for different activities to enrich the experience for the youth each year.  He did it all with that great big grin many had come to know and love. He served those four days, from sun up to sun down, with the same joy and excitement as he had envisioned for the 4-H youth.

Poultry was where his heart was and loved sharing that passion.  George was always willing to help any 4-H youth get started in or learn more about poultry projects.  People tell stories of George just randomly dropping by their farms to check in on or give advice on how to properly raise birds and prepare for the fair.  He was sure to be there on show day to lend a helping hand.  When the time came, he also helped many learn how to butcher their birds to enjoy the "fruits" of the poultry business.   

George and his wife, Charlyn, worked side by side raising their family of eight children, who all very much shared the passion for 4-H and showing livestock and preparing static projects.  This passion has been carried down to his 23 grandchildren.  Many of them already actively involved, and several more eager to get their chance once they are old enough.   

In 2017, George received the Friend of the Fair Award from the Lyon County Fair Board in appreciation for his many years of service. George also served his community by volunteering to make quilts through Harvest Call, an outreach program through his church.  He was a member of the Lester American Legion for 52 years and enjoyed serving his community. 

George entered into rest in October of 2020.  Blessed be his memory.

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