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Wayne County 4-H Celebrates Youth and Volunteers at Fall 2021 Recognition Banquet

More than 350 4-H youth, family members, and volunteers gathered at the Wayne County Fair Event Center on Tuesday November 9th for the 19th annual Wayne County 4-H Recognition Banquet. Earning top honors were Elaine Koch recipient of the Wayne County 4-H Meritorious Service Award – the highest 4-H award given at the county level to a current 4-H volunteer or friend of the 4-H program. Morgan Johnson and Kendra Marty received the top youth award given at the county level – the Excellence in 4-H Award. And three youth that were present – Scott Armstrong, Kayleigh Molnar, and Marley Snyder received the Outstanding Junior Leaders Award for youth with 100% perfect attendance at the Junior Leaders Club Meetings and potential for continued excellence in 4-H leadership.

20 volunteers received recognition for their various years of service in five-year increments ranging from 1 year to 40 years and all volunteers with more than 40 years that were present were also recognized. The volunteers recognized included for 1 year of service – Carrie Nussbaum, Erin Smith, and Julia Wallace; five years of service Marcia Brueck, Denise Heeter, Jayla Schafrath, and Michaela White; 10 years of service Stacey Beun and Jennifer Reynolds; 15 years of service Jocelyn White; 30 years of service Mindy Werstler; 35 years of service Barry Jolliff and Cherie Smith; and volunteers with 40 or more years of service – Kimberly Mumaw 41 years, Dave Stahl 44 years, Dave and Miriam Zech 44 years, Dave Emler 48 years, Sharon Emler 50 years, and Priscilla Sprang 52 years.

Eight 4-H Clubs earned Club Star Awards for their accomplishments together as a club.  The Star Club Awards is a point system in which clubs keep track of their activities and must earn a minimum number of points based on their club size. This year’s recipients of the Club Star Award are Apple Creek Wide-A-Wake, Boots & Spurs, Canaan Country Critters, Country Strong, County Line Clovers, Dalton-Kidron Big 4, and Wayne County Trailblazers 4-H Clubs.

The Wayne County 4-H Horse Drill Team was recognized as they are a new group that formed this year to create a special 9/11 tribute that took place on the 20th anniversary of September 11th out in the Horse Arena to honor our military and first-responders. After the group was recognized a short video montage was played highlighting their performance from the fair. The video is now featured on our Wayne County 4-H Ohio Facebook Page. The group plans to continue planning other performances for the future.

More than 100 youth were recognized with a variety of different awards including for those who earned their 4, 8, or last year member pins, served as camp counselors and/or Junior Fair Board members, earned County Award Medals in various project areas, or placed in the Outstanding Exhibitor and Outstanding Record Book Awards programs. To view a complete list of these award and program recipients visit to view a PDF version of the 2021 Recognition Banquet program.

Wayne County 4-H is grateful for the sponsors support to make this year’s banquet and awards possible. This year’s sponsors included the Wayne County Agricultural Society – Senior Fair Board, OSU Extension – Wayne County, the Wayne County 4-H Advisory Committee and sponsoring the 4, 8, and last year member pins were the Wayne County Granges.

Due to COVID last year’s Recognition program was virtual consisting of a pre-recorded video that premiered on Facebook and YouTube and contained a drive-through at the fairgrounds for people to pick up their awards. So as 4-H educator it was definitely pretty exciting to have everyone together again in person to celebrate the many accomplishments of our youth and volunteers this year.

Click the link below to view a PDF of this year's Banquet Program.