OUR VIEW: 4-H: To make the best better

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:41 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012

We always look forward to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

This year, there’s even more to be excited about.

• New leadership: Mike McGonigal has succeeded Pat Schuster as president of the 4-H Board. Schuster, a man of many talents, is now focusing his efforts on finance and fundraising for the fair. McGonigal is bringing fresh energy and ideas to the organization.

• New dates: The fair is taking place June 24-30 — one week earlier than usual.

• New facilities: The new Ash Foundation Building will be unveiled at the new fairgrounds located at the corner of M-91 and Peck Roads in Montcalm Township just north of Greenville. A total of 50 campsites are expected to be ready for airtime, thanks to local electricians donating their time to provide electricity and water to the campsites.

• New activities: The fair is always the annual showcase at the fairgrounds, but fair officials are working to schedule even more events year-round, including a Michigan Quarter Horse Association Show, the District 5 Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association competition and a tractor pull and camping during the Danish Festival.

A few things haven’t changed.

The 15-member volunteer fair board is staying busy, as always, making sure the fairgrounds are ready for the crowds of up to 20,000 people who attend each year.

Nearly 500 youths participate in the fair, and this year is no exception.
“To make the best better” is the 4-H motto.

We think our local 4-H’ers are doing a great job — with their head, heart, hands and health.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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