Knox County 4-H Pavilion wins a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift grant

The Knox County 4-H Pavilion in Edina, Mo. was named one of five grant winners in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift project. The fairground won $1,000 for a safety improvement project in their barn.

“On behalf of the Knox County 4-H Council, I would like to express our thanks to Grinnell Mutual for awarding these grants,” said Crystal Karhoff, Knox County Youth Program Assistant. “We are fortunate to live in a place where we have the overwhelming support of our community. Our first priority in the list of improvements we would like to make is to replace the rotting support posts of the 4-H Pavilion for the safety of our youth.” The Council heard about the contest through their local Grinnell Mutual agent, Hawkins Insurance Group.

Grinnell Mutual received 80 project submissions from 12 states. Facebook users then cast more than 27,000 votes for their favorite projects among the 15 finalists. The five winning recipients shared a total of $7,000 worth of grants and were chosen based on the number of votes received.

We are pleased by the response to this year’s contest,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker. “We received an excellent array of project submissions and narrowing them down to our 15 finalists was difficult. The record number of votes cast show how overwhelmingly people support their local fairgrounds. Grinnell Mutual is proud to assist each of the winning projects with these grants.”

About Grinnell Mutual

Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 109th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as property and casualty insurance. Its products are available in 15 states.

The Sullivan County Extension office and Truman State University are teaming up to host a livestock judging clinic. The clinic will include a classroom session on writing reasons, live animal evaluation of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats and swine. They will also be offering Western Pleasure and English Pleasure horse show classes. Lunch will be provided for all participants, coaches and parents. There is a $10 fee for youth and a $5 fee for adults. If you have questions, please contact Penny Kittle at 660-265-4541. Click on this link for your registration form

Knox County Commissioners met with 4-H members in the KCR-1 board room on Friday morning, September 22, 2017 to sign the proclamation declaring October 1-7, 2017 as National 4-H Week throughout Knox County and encourage all of our citizens to recognize 4-H for the significant impact they have made and continue to make by empowering youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. Pictured (l to r) Eastern District Commissioner Michael Fox, Knox County 4-H/FFA Fair King Ben Hettinger, Princess Tagen Mallett, County Liners 4-H Club President Michael Carlson, Presiding Commissioner Evan Glasgow, Colony 4-H Club President Kaylin Jones, Liberty Leaders 4-H Club President Haven Hubble, Prince Collin Hayes and Western District Commissioner Roger Parton.


   The Knox County 4-H Council is pleased to announce that the annual 4-H Recognition & Awards program will be held on Sunday evening, October 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

This event is a celebration of the achievements of our 4-H Clover Kids, 4-H club members, volunteers and their families.

Following the awards program the Colony 4-H Club will serve refreshments and host a hayride.  For more information, contact the Knox County University of Missouri Extension office at 660-397-2179.