History of 4-H in Lyon County
History of 4-H in
What we know as 4-H today, first started in
“Junior Club Work. The interest in a Pig Club seemed to be of most interest to the boys and girls in the spring of the year and it was one which the County Agent thought could be carried out most satisfactory.
The enrollments were secured by the County Agent and Township presidents in the farm bureau. Circular letters regarding this work were sent out by the farm bureau office and personal visits were made at the young folk’s home.
A Baby Beef Club is being organized at the present time. The County Agent has received some assistance from the Iowa Beef Producers Association. The County Fair Association, the banks of the county and the farm bureau are financing prize money part of the work.
The thing most important to be accomplished in club work is to get the parents to see the worth of it and to provide good premium money and pay expenses of those entering the work when they are asked to exhibit at fairs.
The pigs were those taken from the father’s farm herd and were not sold at the fair.”
The Farm Bureau announced in November of 1920 the beginning of a Baby Beef Club. Printed below is that announcement in THE INWOOD HERALD on Thursday, November 18, 1920.
“The Lyon County Farm Bureau, the banks of the county and the county Fair Association are organizing a Baby Beef Club that promises to be a real success. The folks that will make up this club are the boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19. Already forty-five have indicated their desire to enroll.
The opportunity for such a work has never been brighter. The business of feeding baby beeves will likely be a profitable one next year and the prizes that are being offered the young folks are enough to cause everyone that possibly can, to take advantage of entering the work.
The County Fair Association has promised at least $75.00 in premium money. Ten banks of the county have said that they will pay all expenses of ten boys and girls that complete the work and wish to show their calves at the Interstate Fair at
The Members of the club winning first place in the county will receive a free trip to the International Live Stock Exposition at
This baby beef feeding contest is valuable work from the view points of making a profit in the feeding work, winning prize money, teaching boys and girls how to feed, care for and show livestock, and will develop a greater interest in the farming business. The support of parents having boys and girls eligible for this work is earnestly solicited.
Any farmers of the county who have well bred thrifty calves that they would be willing to sell to young folks wishing to enroll in this club are requested to notify the County Agent immediately.”
The Fair results for the first Lyon County Baby Beef Contest were printed on November 3, 1921 in the Inwood Herald as follows.
“The First Lyon County Baby Beef Feeding Contest carried out under direction of the Lyon County Farm Bureau was a decided success.
The following boys and girls completed the work and exhibited the calves they fed in the contest, at the
Floyd Hohman, the winner in the
Ruth McMillian of Rock Rapids who won second place in the feeding contest will attend the International Live Stock Exposition also and her expenses will be paid by the Lyon County Farm Bureau.
Lyon County can well be proud of the work these young people are doing and the interest Swift and Company and various other organizations are showing is to be highly commended.
The total amount of prize money that has been won by Lyon County boys and girls this year amounts to $150.00 besides the free trips that all received to the Interstate Fair and free trips to the International Live Stock Exposition at Chicago.
The Baby Beef Feeding work is open to all boys and girls in
We already have several enrollments this fall. Those who wish to enroll in the Baby Beef Club should write County Agent Shepard, before December 1st.
The Farm Bureau organization will assist in locating calves for feeding purposes. This is a beneficial and worth-while work and should demand the attention of all farmers who have children eligible for enrollment.”
A story is recorded from Milo Lee who attended his 4-H meetings in 1921 when he was 18 years old.
The schools in
During the 1960’s, 4-H clubs were started according to townships. The girls club was set up so that all the girls would take sewing one year and then food and nutrition the next.
The first joint boys and girls county 4-H rally was held in 1960 with a presentation of the better groomed girls and boys in the appropriate dress.
There have been many changes in
The Lyon County Fair Board plays an important role in the 4-H program. Nearly 90% of the county 4-H’ers exhibit at the fair each year. The fair board receives donations from county sponsors and distributes around $8000 in premiums annually. In addition, the county pork and beef producers pay incentives totaling $4000 to swine and beef exhibitors each year.
Citizenship, communication skills, and leadership are some of the important skills currently taught to 4-H’ers. All clubs are very active in community service work with many receiving grants to paint, restore, or landscape parks or historic areas in the community. Health and nutrition are also important subject areas. The Lester Friendly 4-H’ers club participated and received first place in a Go The Distance program as part of the Lighten Up Iowa. This program monitors physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
The Clover Kids program was started in 1997 in the school districts in
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