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Anderson is 4-H Hall of Fame honoree

August 5, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

On the last day of the Iowa State Fair, individuals from each county will be honored for outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program.

Iowa State 4-H and the Iowa 4-H Foundation will induct volunteers into the 4-H Hall of Fame in ceremonies Aug. 19 in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair.

Emerson "Andy" Anderson, of Fort Dodge, will be the honoree from Webster County. Anderson has been active with the Webster County 4-H program and Webster County Fair board for several decades.

Anderson was an announcer for the Webster and Humboldt County fairs for many years. He served as swine superintendent for several years in Webster County. As superintendent, he would assist youths in finding hogs to exhibit at the fair.

He also helped find buyers for the kids' livestock at the fair auction.

"My boys showed," Anderson said. "There wasn't enough people coming to buy the kids' products that they showed. So I would go to Farnhamville, Gowrie, all around, because the little boy or girl's dad did business with that elevator or whatever."

Since many kids didn't have anyone to buy their pigs or sheep, Anderson would find businesses that would be willing to purchase the animals. Anderson also attended fair auctions on behalf of many businesses.

"He had done a lot of going to businesses to help support the auction, or to support the kids," said Linda Cline, Webster County Extension youth coordinator.

In fact, Anderson helped by getting extra support from businesses for more than 40 years.

Anderson had three sons who showed pigs in 4-H. He was also a 4-H club leader in Fort Dodge, though he couldn't remember for how long.

He also did work in Humboldt County.

"I helped the Humboldt County Fair do the swine show and announced for grandstand they had there," he said.

Cline said Anderson was inducted as an honorary 4-H member in Webster County in 1985 by the youth committee. Now, that committee and the county council have selected him for the state hall of fame.

Anderson said the honor had come as a surprise.

"It makes me feel really good," he said.

He will receive his award at the second of two induction ceremonies at the State Fair.

The first ceremony, for counties Adair through Jasper, will begin at 1:30 p.m.; the second, for counties Jefferson through Wright, will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Other area inductees are:

Greene - Wendy and Gary Mount

Hamilton - Dean and Adel Bowden

Humboldt - Ron and Mary Reedy

Kossuth - Ronda Gray

Palo Alto - Devona Perkins

Pocahontas - Steve and Jean Trimble

Sac - Bill Thompson

Wright - Shirley Lager



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