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Wurth, Gombash, Fahrer Earn 4-H Alumni Awards

Three locals received Friend of 4-H and Outstanding 4-H Alumni awards for dedication and commitment to 4-H at the advisor recognition banquet, Thursday, Nov. 15.

Friend of 4-H

Chuck Wurth, Fayette, was named the 2007 Friend of 4-H. Wurth has been a mentor and role model for 7,500 Fulton County youth during 30 years at 4-H Camp Palmer.

He designed and implemented the “Challenge by Choice” high ropes course, and low initiatives and team-building activities.

Although it is his job, Wurth puts in days longer than eight hours and works most weekends to ensure campers’ welfare.

Outstanding Alumni

The Outstanding Alumni awards were presented to William “Willie” Gombash, Swan- ton, and posthumously to Nancy Fahrer, Delta.

Gombash was an 11-year 4-H member who later volunteered for five years as an advisor with his wife, Polly, in the Fulton County Hoofbeats club.

He supports the Jr. Fair livestock sale, and serves as Sr. Fair Board director and a Livestock Sale Committee member.

As fair director, Gombash works at the fairgrounds each Tuesday night from April through September to plan and improve the fair.

The families of John, Mike, and Scott Fahrer, Nancy’s sons, accepted the posthumous award in Nancy’s honor.

Fahrer became involved with 4-H when her children joined the Delta Boosters 4-H Club.

After they graduated, Fahrer still enjoyed advising and considered club members part of her extended family. She served as advisor 22 years.

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