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November 20, 2023 - 11:22am --

The 2023 Holmes County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held the evening of Thursday, November 9th at the Harvest Ridge Fairgrounds.

Janessa Hill (4-H Educator) and Ella Lorentz (4-H Program Assistant) welcomed guests to the event and thanked the volunteers for all of the hard work, time, and dedication they give to the program(s) throughout the year. Next, the 2023 Holmes County Fair Royalty, Alyssa Pringle and Garrett Fowler, led pledges. Holmes County Junior Fairboard member, Phin Johnson, led the invocation. Johnson invited a few of the 2023 Holmes County 4-H Camp Counselors and adult staff to lead a 4-H Camp Ohio song. Dinner, compliments of the Holmes County Senior Fairboard (SFB), was then served.

Roger Boring, Holmes County Senior Fairboard Vice President provided the Senior Fairboard remarks in place of Kerry Taylor the SFB President.

Junior Fairboard members Jenna Sheldon and Phin Johnson announced the winners of the 2023 Club Service Awards:

  • Head Award - Nashville Jolly Farmers
  • Heart Award - Rim Rock Riders
  • Hands Award - Doughty Valley
  • Health Award - Nashville Jolly Farmers
  • Clover Award - Prairie Partners

2023 4-H Club Service Award Winners

Junior Fairboard members Alex Pringle & Alysa Pringle announced the winners of the 2023 Youth Officer Awards:

In Holmes County, there are 22 4-H clubs. Each club elects officers at the beginning of each year. Two of those positions require a large amount of documentation and deserve an extra award.

The 2023 Outstanding 4-H Club Secretary’s Award is Julia Sprang from the Lakeville Lakers 4-H Club.

2023 Outstanding 4-H Club Secretary Award

Selected to receive the 2023 Outstanding 4-H Club Treasurers Award is Annabelle Thompson from the Prairie Partners 4-H Club (not pictured).

Next, the 2023 Holmes County 4-H Camp Outstanding Male and Female Camp Counselors were recognized. Camp Counselors attend a minimum of 24 hours of training each year prior to camp and are responsible for over 180 youth for 5 days and 4 nights. This is a wonderful learning experience for younger youth attending camp and for the counselors volunteering their time working with the campers. Thanks for all you do to make camp an amazing experience for campers! 

Outstanding Female Counselor: Jenna Sheldon

Outstanding Male Counselor: Noah Cerniglia (not pictured)

2023 Holmes County 4-H Outstanding Female Camp Counselor Jenna Sheldon

Janessa and Ella then presented the 2023 Outstanding Junior Fair Board Members:

2023 Outstanding Junior Fairboard Member Awards

Outstanding JFB Member: Garrett Fowler (L)

Outstanding JFB Member: Phin Johnson (M)

Outstanding JFB Member: Andi Schuch (R)

Outstanding JFB Member: Olivia Gerber (not pictured)

Years of Service Awards

We want to give special thanks to those who have completed milestone years of service this year.

5 Years

  • Jara & Kevin Brown
  • Adam Coleman
  • Mike Fowler
  • David Hendrix
  • Lisa Jamison
  • Ivan Mast
  • David & Malinda Miller
  • Alyx Morris
  • Erika Schuch
  • Sabrina Yoder
  • Dusty Vehrs

10 Years

Stephanie Close

Darren & Cass Dawson

Ryan Freeman

Jennifer Gurley

Misty Hendrix

Carice Jameson

Keaton Strouse

15 Years

Kelli Grassbaugh

20 Years

Aaron & Brandi Schlauch

Steve & Arlene Waltman

25 Years

Ray Davenport

Cynthia Harris

Joyce Straits

30 Years

Bill Davenport

50 Years

Barbara Wells

60 Years

Bill & Beverly Wachtel

2023 Outstanding Supporter Awards

Friend of 4-H - RES Auction Services

Partner of 4-H - Loudonville Farmers Equity

4-H Alumni - Kelly Reusser

Friend of the Fair - HIPP Farms Bark and Mulch

2023 Friend of Holmes County 4-H Award RES Auction Services Jon Mast and Steve Andrews of RES Auction Services pictured with the 2023 Holmes Co. Fair King & Queen


2023 Partner of Holmes County 4-H Award Loudonville Equity Jon Spreng and Alyx Morris of Loudonville Farmers Equity pictured with the 2023 Holmes Co. Fair King & Queen


2023 Holmes Co 4-H Alumni Award Kelly Reusser Holmes Co. 4-H Alumni Award winner Kelly Reusser pictured with the 2023 Holmes Co. Fair King & Queen