Letter to the Editor

Youth Fair royalty serves with pride in community

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dear Editor:

Serving as the 2008 Vernon County Youth Fair Queen was a wonderful and rewarding experience. I would like to thank the Bronaugh 4-H club for sponsoring me and giving me this excellent opportunity.

At the fair, I love to see all of the work put into the projects by Vernon County youth. I would like to congratulate all youth on another excellent showing of animals and Home Ec building projects. On behalf of all Vernon County youth, I would like to thank all the 4-H leaders and FFA advisors who help us with our projects and get us ready for the fair. Without their help our many projects would not be completed. The judging events run smoothly because of the behind the scenes work of the University of Missouri Extension Office.

In my years in 4-H, I have made many friends who share my interests. This year I was able to develop friendships with the other royalty candidates. I would like to thank all of the girls participating for making the royalty events fun and exciting. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the royalty committee members for their hard work and effort on all the royalty events, especially Ashley Slates White and Nancy Robinson Wilson, both former VCYF Queens. It was a very enjoyable and positive experience.

I would also like to thank all the adult volunteers who work in the diner and pop shop, emcee at shows and other events, chair project committees, and judge animals and projects in the home-ec building. Fair board members work endlessly throughout the year to make the Youth Fair a success. Without the many volunteers, the Youth Fair would not be possible.

The stories and pictures in the Daily Mail did a great job of reporting the events. KNEM/ KNMO radio was also on-sight often and gave regular reports about the action at the fair. I would encourage anyone who missed the fair this year to come out next year and see all the hard work done by Vernon County youth.

My favorite part of the fair every year is the sale of the livestock on Saturday evening. The community comes together and the focus is on the hard work of the kids. Thank you to all of the buyers who showed their support for Vernon County youth at the sale. I would like to thank everyone involved in the 2008 Youth Fair for making it the best so far. I know that the friends I have made and the things I have learned in 4-H will last a lifetime.


M. Katherine Kerbs

2008 VCYF Queen