Shovers Inducted Into Iowa 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame

Larry and Nancy Shover

Larry and Nancy Shover, of Delaware County, were inducted into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Eighty-three Iowa counties participated this year and selected 110 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception following the ceremony.
Over the years Larry and Nancy Shover together have been active supporters of 4-H, serving as founders and leaders of the Tri-Town Hoyas 4-H Club, Delaware County Youth Committee members, county dairy project leaders, 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl coaches and much more which resulted in the couple being named recipients of the Meritorious Service to 4-H Award in Delaware County for their dedication over the years to the local 4-H program.
A member of Delaware County 4-H since he was a boy, Larry grew up in a 4-H family and continued the tradition with his own family, receiving the 4-H Alumni Award.  He has served on the Delaware County Extension Council and the Iowa State Extension Advisory Committee.
The Shovers, who continue to be active with 4-H, say that they have been blessed by the many fine people they have known and worked with in 4-H.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Michaela Collins, Delaware County Extension County Youth Coordinator.  Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa’s 4-H program,” said Chris Gleason, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2013 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about 2013 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to and select “Recognition.”

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