Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:09 PM by Emily Saveraid

Fayette CountyJim and Nancy Grimes have been lifelong residents in Fayette County and are proud 4-H alumni.  In the mid 1950’s both Jim and Nancy started their 4-H careers and have continued to be strong supporters.  

In 1987, Jim was elected to the Fayette County Fairboard in which he served for over 10 years.. Nancy shared that it was while volunteering their time at the fairgrounds, alongside other fairboard members and families that both her and Jim realized that this was one way to give back to 4-H, after the experience they each had in 4-H.   Nancy worked with County Extension Staff to start the “Bucket of Flower” contest. Jim was instrumental in supporting the startup of the Fayette County 4-H Achievement auction in the 1990's. Nancy and Jim were sure to see that each child, participating in the auction, took home a modest amount of money.  

Fayette County 4-H started holding a yearly Omelet Brunch to raise funds for the 4-H program in 2020.  Jim and Nancy worked with the local eggplant seeking donations of eggs for the youth to prepare and serve.  It was due to the love of the 4-H program and the fact Jim served on the egg board that he encouraged other board members to support this fundraiser.  In the beginning attendance was low as was the number of dozens of eggs. In 2023, 850+ people were served using 150 dozen eggs. Thanks to Jim and Nancy the local eggplant still donates a large portion of the eggs.  

When funds are needed on the fairgrounds or for the 4-H program Jim and Nancy are always willing to sit down with the youth and discuss the project, why it was important and why they (the Grimes) should support this named project.  When the conversation ended, you can bet that a donation will be made.  

Jim and Nancy Grimes are well deserving of being named the 2023 Hall of Fame recipients representing Fayette County.

Categories: 2023, Fayette

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