4-H fair award winners leave mark to be felt for for many years to come

The family of the late Phil Kreider poses with a photo of their husband and father after Kreider was named 2017 Outstanding 4-H Leader Monday evening, July 24, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Family members are (front from left), Kreider’s daughter, Keturah Hyde, holding his granddaughter, Ember Hyde; Kreider’s sons, Chad Kreider (holding photo) and Lance Kreider; and Kreider’s widow, Denise Kreider; and (back from left), Kreider’s son-in-law, Eddie Hyde, and son, Ryan Kreider.
The family of the late Phil Kreider poses with a photo of their husband and father after Kreider was named 2017 Outstanding 4-H Leader Monday evening, July 24, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Family members are (front from left), Kreider’s daughter, Keturah Hyde, holding his granddaughter, Ember Hyde; Kreider’s sons, Chad Kreider (holding photo) and Lance Kreider; and Kreider’s widow, Denise Kreider; and (back from left), Kreider’s son-in-law, Eddie Hyde, and son, Ryan Kreider. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The recipients of the top awards for the 2017 Huntington County 4-H Fair have both left this world, but their work here will be felt for years.

“No one will ever fill his boots completely,” master of ceremonies Cory Blocker said in announcing the Outstand-ing 4-H Leader Award Monday evening, July 24, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

That award went to the late Phil Kreider, who died in January. The second award, Friend of Extension, went to the late John Tyner, who died in September of 2016. The families of both men accepted the honors.

Also during the eve-ning, the 4-H Tenure Awards were presented to Michael Winters and Kaitlin Aughinbaugh, who are both completing their 10th and final years in 4-H this year.

Tyner and Kreider were also 10-year 4-H’ers, Blocker noted.

Tyner went on to serve three terms on the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board, served as beef superintendent and ringman and built the loading chute and scale house at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, working with the 4-H program for 60 years.

Cindy Blocker, a member of the Huntington County Ex-tension board, presented the award to Tyner’s widow, Donna Jo Tyner, and other members of his family.

Kreider served as a 4-H leader for 20 years and was heavily involved with the horse and pony program, where members knew him as “Cowboy Phil.”

The Outstanding Leader of the Year is selected through a vote of other 4-H leaders and sponsored by the Huntington Rotary Club.
Rotary Club President Cindy Krumanaker presented the award to Kreider’s son, Lance Kreider.

The 4-H Tenure Award winners are selected by the Extension office staff on the basis of the number of projects the member has taken and completed, as well as overall involvement in 4-H.

Aughinbaugh and Winters accepted their awards from Paul Jacobs and Glenda Giggy of Indiana Farm Bureau, which sponsored the Tenure Awards as well as awards to all 10-year and graduating 4-H members.