Fair advisers recognized

CADIZ – Four advisers who have seen a total of more years of service to the 4-H organization than the Harrison County Fair has been in existence were present at the Junior Fair Night activities Monday. The fair is celebrating a 167th birthday, while the total years of service for the advisers is 211.

The advisers include Tillie Heavilin, Green Valley 4-H adviser for 61 years; Lola Carmine, Hopedale Town and Country, 55 years; Dolores Spragg, Shamrock 4-H, 54 years; and Loretta Pickens, Stitch and Hitch, 41 years.

The purpose of their coming together was that three advisers were to get awards for a five- or 10-year incriment of service. The awards are a year back in time.

Heavilin, the grand lady of the advisers, received a glass plate, according to Tim Tanner, Extension educator for 4-H youth development and county director, for 60 years. The awards are presented one year back from actual years.

Heavilin saw her children go through 4-H when she and her husband, Eugene, were advisers. Then it was her grandchildren and now even great-grandchildren.

The club has won many clean-up awards, even receiving one from the White House.

Her present members took dairy heifers, dairy cows, market hogs, market lambs, market beef, pygmy goats, a self-determined beadwork project, woodworking, scrapbooking, cake decorating, vegetable gardening, model railroading and beekeeping projects.

  • Carmine has had club members earn grand champion honors with their market animals through the years. This year there are members with market beef, market hog, market lamb, market rabbits and pocket pets. She had members throughout the years with cooking projects, something she is familiar with, along with sewing fashion projects.

Her club holds a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for 4-H each year as well.

  • Spragg did not get an award plate this year. Her service was for 54 years. She likely has had the most members with sewing project fashions. All her members will say that they had good advice and assistance from their adviser on making clothing. For the past two years she had the junior fair princess within her membership — Eberhart in 2013 and Adrianna Blazeski in 2014.

A Spragg scholarship is given to a Harrison County and Jefferson County 4-H member each year. This is in memory of her late husband, Earl, who was a 4-H member in his youth, an adviser and a key leader.

He and his wife were dedicated 4-H leaders for many years together, and children followed. She now carries on with youth activities and presents the scholarships to a worthy member from both counties.

  • Pickens has a club that is community oriented. The members earn money and buy gifts for the Harrison County Home, gifts for needy children for Christmas and collect food pantry products,

One of the big money making projects has been the photographing of barns around the county and composing a calendar.

Many family members are involved with the 4-H group, along with grandchildren.

Fair activities continue today, and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Nascar Nationwide Series car will be on display in the midway.

“The Ultimate Jungle” will be held at the show arena at 9 p.m. It is a combination of scavenger hunt, “Minute to Win It” and “Fear Factor” and is for groups of two to compete. All ages are permitted. For each completed station, the team will receive a ticket to be put in a drawing for prizes.

A junior fair saddle horse show will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, a junior fair dairy show at 10 a.m. and a junior fair goat show at 5 p.m.

Winners of the junior fair building booths were announced by Tanner. “The Adventure Starts Here!” is the theme for the booths that are judged on theme, theme ideas., arrangement, attractive use of projects, color coordination, signs, overall attractiveness.

The five winning booths are the Silver Spurs, New Rumley 4-H, Liberty Trails, Country Cousins and Blue Ribbon Ribbon General.

The gift basket exhibits contest will be held Thursday. The entry of a themed basket with a maximum of 20 items will be judged on originality, best use of theme and total appearance can be submitted until 10 a.m.

There is no entry fee but exhibitors are asked to donate their gift baskets for a silent auction to benefit the seventh through 12th departments. The auction will be held until 9 p.m. Friday, Thirty percent of the winning bid will be returned to each exhibitor to defray cost of supplies. The highest bidder must pay for and pick up baskets before 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kennedy Blake will perform at the midway tent at 5 p.m. and a mud bog will be held at the grandstand area at 7 p.m.