Another Kankakee County Fair has come and gone. I say it every year, but it would not be possible without all the efforts of our volunteers who want to continue the "fair tradition" – Kankakee County Fair Board, 4-H Club Leaders, parents and volunteers. Thanks to all for making it happen for our youth.
A local business loaned a refrigerator to the 4-H Federation Food Stand two days before the fair began when it was discovered that the "old faithful" cooler no longer worked. Volunteers stepped up at the 4-H Livestock Auction. A 4-H'er decided to donate the money from the sale of his reserve grand champion meat rabbit to an area family who very recently lost their son in a tragic drowning. A frenzy of philanthropy followed with the rabbit being auctioned, repeatedly donated back and resold for a total of seven times, drawing a large number of buyers joining together to raise $4,700 for the family. These are just two instances that illustrate that our community values 4-H and how 4-H and its families continue to give back to our community.
Debra Koch of Bourbonnais joined the Kankakee County staff on July 9 as the new fulltime Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development. She was a McLean County 4-H'er and has worked in the Kankakee County office as a 4-H extra help secretary. Debra assisted the volunteers in all the judging events before and during this year's fair. Please welcome her to this new position. As always, contact me if you have questions or concerns.