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Two Auglaize County Junior Fair Board members are honored to be recognize with a prestigious award.
Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club member Sarah Wilker, of St. Marys, and Auglaize Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Club member Hayley Miller, of Wapakoneta, were the recipients of the Eric Vogel Memorial Award after the Auglaize County Fair.
The award serves as a memorial to St. Marys resident Eric Vogel, who died on Nov. 17, 1981 in an auto accident. Vogel was an outstanding 4-H member, who served as a Junior Leader, Junior Fair Board member and youth representative to the 4-H Advisory Committee. He also served as a role model for many junior fair board members, as he was very active in the 4-H program.
The award is given annually to the two Junior Fair Board members who contribute the most to the current yearâ€™s fair. The memorial recognizes the pair for their commitment to making the junior fair a success. They have demonstrated leadership to the board through their hard work and exemplify the qualities of a Junior Fair Board member.
â€śI am definitely honored to receive this award,â€ť Wilker said. â€śThis goes to show that all the hard work pays off.â€ť
Wilker said she was surprised when she found out she received the award.
â€śI was definitely surprised,â€ť Wilker said. â€śIâ€™m pleased that everything Iâ€™ve done paid off.â€ť
Each recipient is presented with a certificate and their names are added to a memorial plaque, which is located in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize
See AWARD, Page 5A
While she shared that Junior Fair Board membership is hard work, she is happy that people recognized the effort that the group puts in each year.
â€śI realize that people do recognize what we put in,â€ť Wilker said.
Through Wilkerâ€™s hard work and dedication in 4-H, she said she has learned skills that should last her a lifetime.
Wilker, who currently serves as the Junior Fair Board secretary, has been a member of the Cloverbuds program since kindergarten, and began 4-H as soon as she was old enough to participate.
â€śAs I get older, I am a role model for younger 4-H club members, and I can be someone that they look up to,â€ť Wilker said.
Wilkerâ€™s goal is to keep the 4-H spirit going, and keep the younger members interested in 4-H so they stay in the club and continue their journey through the program.
Wilker, who is the reigning 2012 Auglaize County Fair queen, brought hogs, cooking projects and woodworking to the fair each year.
The daughter of Cindy and Gene Wilker is a 2012 graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys, and is currently a freshman at the University of Dayton, where she is studying math education. In the future, she plans to become a guidance counselor.
In the meantime, Wilker plans to continue to stay involved in the 4-H program by helping her three younger sisters who are involved, along with being apart of next yearâ€™s Auglaize County Fair as she passes her crown on.
Nineteen-year-old Hayley Miller said she also was honored to be named this award.
â€śI was very appreciative,â€ť Miller said. â€śIt showed I can earn this award. There were so many others on the board that deserve it. I was honored I was recognized.â€ť
Miller noted that she has been on the Junior Fair Board for four years.
â€śThis award means that I appreciate people can think of me to receive this award,â€ť the Junior Fair Board treasurer said. â€śI am grateful I can be looked up to that way.â€ť
Miller is proud of her accomplishments and serving as a role model to younger 4-H club members. Her 4-H career began at a young age.
â€śMy mom always has been involved,â€ť the daughter of Beth and Rodney Miller said. â€śSo it has became natural for me to become involved.â€ť
Through the years, Miller has brought scrapbooking and clothing projects, and this year, which was her last year to participate in Junior Fair, she showed a goat.
â€śIt went pretty well,â€ť Miller said of her first experience bringing a live animal to showcase.
Miller, who was on the fair court at the 2012 Auglaize County Fair and is a 4-H camp counselor, attends The Ohio State University studying fashion and retail.
Being a part of the 4-H program has helped Miller to develop skills she will use for her career.
â€śIt opened me up to be able to interact with people,â€ťMiller said.
Miller said it takes many hours of work to be on the Junior Fair Board.
â€śI have learned that itâ€™s a lot of hard work, but it is worth it,â€ť Miller said.