Friend of the Fair award hon­ors 4- H ed­u­ca­tor

Pa. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Le­high County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety nom­i­nated Kelly M. Weis­ner, Len­hartsville

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Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Le­high County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety part­nered to nom­i­nate Kelly M. Weis­ner of Len­hartsville as the 2017 Friend of the Al­len­town Fair. At the open­ing cer­e­monies of the Great Al­len­town fair on Aug. 29, fair­go­ers joined dig­ni­taries and fair staff to present the award.

Kelly, daugh­ter of Victor and Deb­bie Berger, grew up on a farm near Kutz­town. She re­ceived her bach­e­lor of sci­ence in ag ed­u­ca­tion in 2001 from Delaware Val­ley Col­lege and her master’s de­gree of ed­u­ca­tion in 2007 from Penn State Univer­sity. Kelly be­gan her work with Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion in 2001 and has been Le­high County’s 4- H Youth De­vel­op­ment Ed­u­ca­tor since 2006. From the day she ar­rived in Le­high County, Kelly has been in­volved in the fair and has worked hard at de­velop- ing our youth for the fu­ture lead­er­ship roles. Kelly is mar­ried to An­drew and they have two sons, Kon­nor and Alex.

Kelly in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties for the 4- H Live­stock Pro­gram youth by launch­ing a spon­sor­ship pro­gram and tran­si­tion­ing the youth live­stock sale. She over­saw the ad­di­tion of two new an­i­mal species curriculum ar­eas ( dairy goats and poul­try) to the county 4- H pro­gram of­fer­ings, and has strength­ened the 4- HHorse Pro­gram. She con­tin­ues to pro­vide lead­er­ship for 4- H an­i­mal sci­ence pro­grams, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, com­pet­i­tive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and Round- Ups in­clud­ing an­i­mal show and sale man­age­ment and teach­ing 4- H Qual­ity An­i­mal Man­age­ment Pro­grams.

A great deal of time, ef­fort and ex­per­tise goes into the Al­len­town Fair where she has been re­spon­si­ble for all 4- H en­tries in the Al­len­town Agri- Plex. Kelly also works with the Dairy Show, Dairy Goat Show, Swine Show, Meat Goat Show, Beef and Diary Beef Show, and the 4- H Live­stock Sale.

The Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture hon­ors in­di­vid­u­als as part of the Friend of The Fair Recog­ni­tion pro­gram. This pro­gram rec­og­nizes the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion put forth by fair vol­un­teers and wishes to ac­knowl­edge their ef­forts. These re­cip­i­ents typ­i­cally demon­strate out­stand­ing lead­er­ship, vol­un­teerism, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and ded­i­ca­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Friend of the Fair re­cip­i­ent for the Al­len­town fair was awarded to Kelly M. Weis­ner. Left to right: Victor Berger, Alex Weis­ner, An­drew Weis­ner, Kelly Weis­ner, Rep. Jerry Knowles, Kon­nor Weis­ner, Deb­bie Berger.

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