Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:47 PM by Emily Saveraid

O BrienBob and Kim Steinkamp have been actively involved in 4-H and the O’Brien County Fair since their kids started in 4th grade. 

Kim served as a 4-H Leader for the Highlanders 4-H Club for eighteen years. As a leader, Kim was always looking for new projects for her 4-H’ers to try. Kim remained up to date on new guidelines and rule changes to help her 4-Hers succeed in their projects and their record keeping. During the fair, she could often be found on the grounds helping with clean up, doing building watches, and helping in the 4-H concession stand. To this day, Kim continues to volunteer her time as a comment writer during non-livestock judging day.

When their kids joined 4-H, Bob helped his kids with their livestock projects over the years. He also helped other 4-H members find livestock to purchase and helped them prepare their animals to be ready by fair time. Bob became an active volunteer for the O’Brien County Fair especially within the Swine Department. Bob served on the O’Brien County Fairboard for seventeen years and as a Swine Superintendent for eight years. He volunteered his time, equipment, and knowledge to help make improvements to the fairgrounds each year. He took great pride in how the grounds looked for fair week and continues to volunteer his time to this day. Bob and Kim have been known to visit other fairs in the area to see what improvements would be beneficial to the O’Brien County Fair. 

As a family, Bob, Kim, and their kids never missed an Iowa State Fair while in 4-H. They have always enjoyed helping the Pork Producers grill and serve food in the pork tent. The rest of their time at the fair was spent watching 4-H exhibitors show and looking at non-livestock exhibits. To this day, Bob and Kim continue to volunteer in local 4-H programs and the County Fair. They enjoy helping their grandkids with projects and watching them show in the same arena that their kids did and participate in Open Class Exhibition.

Categories: 2023, O'Brien

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