Fair Honoree & Centennial Farm
There are so many dedicated individuals who make the Evergreen State Fair amazing. Those who dedicate hours, days, months of their lives every year to make sure, every booth, display, shop, show or activity runs smoothly. We know many of those people, but so much is done behind the scenes that we do not get a chance to recognize.
2021 and 2022 Evergreen State Fair Honoree - Kathy Van Buskirk
The Evergreen State Fair recognizes and celebrates the dedication of Kathy Van Buskirk, 4-H Equestrian leader.
Kathy says that the years have gone by so fast it doesn’t seem possible that she has been in the 4-H programs for 50 years. As a leader, she has been president, horse show chair, served on the Horse Fair Committee, announcer at horse show events, and active in the 4-H tack sale since it first began over 30 years ago. She was inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame October of 2014.
Kathy has volunteered at the Evergreen State Fair every year for the past 20 + years working in the horse arena office helping with registration, ribbons, solving problems and answering questions at the office window. She is the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night for the 10 days 4-H horses are at the Fair. She also works at all the 4-H Horse events at the Fairgrounds.
Kathy and her husband Bruce are celebrating 45 years of marriage this year and have two children together: their son Jay who participated in motorcycle 4-H and is active in auto racing at the Evergreen Speedway, and their daughter April who was in the 4-H horses program.
All of these things have been wonderful, but for Kathy the best part has been working with young people, watching them learn about horses and helping others within their clubs and their communities. Kathy gets great pleasure seeing the kids she led bring their children back into the program after they are grown and gone. She is looking forward to seeing the third generation of 4-H kids join her program this year. As Kathy always insists, it has been most rewarding working with parents, teachers, leaders and a County that encourages and supports young people.
Read the full Press Release here.
Kathy will be honored at the 2022 Evergreen State Fair Opening Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022 on the Courtyard Stage #514. Kathy will cut the ribbon to open the Fair. Kathy will also ride in the Monroe Fair Days Parade on August 27 in downtown Monroe. At the 2021 Fair, the Fair Board did honor Kathy on Opening Day of the Fair (see photo above). Congratulations Kathy!!
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