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Friends of Youth Fair are honored

Photo submitted by Sonieta Harrop
Top, Nina Agney, left, receives the 2021 friend of fair award from Laura England, who is the Pennsylviania Department of Agriculture director of the Bureau of Market Development.

The 2021 Mifflin County Youth Fair and Open Show officially opened on Aug. 9. During the opening ceremony, Nina Agney received the 2021 Friend of Fair award, and Jacey Parks received the 2021 Junior Friend of Fair award.

Agney, who received the 2021 Friend of Fair award, participated in 4-H at the Mifflin County Youth Fair as a youth. She grew up on a farm and participated in the 4-H dairy club, where she became a 4-H junior leader.

Agney served as a chaperone in the exchange with a Maine 4-H club, helping her children, nieces and nephews in many aspects of 4-H, including readying dairy animals to show and leading folk art and sewing projects.

She follows the 4-H motto, “to make the best better” and hopes to continue involvement for generations. Agney seldom says no when asked to assist in jobs and on committees for 4-H; she taught her children to do the same. Agney is a part of a four-generation 4-H family.

She served on the fair board as treasurer for 35 years. Agney continues to serve on the commercial exhibits, concessions and promotions committees for the fair.

Agney, an active community member, serves as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the extension board, a member of the park board and a member of the 4-H development committee.

An advocate for agriculture who formerly held the Mifflin County Dairy Princess title, Agney promotes agriculture in multiple positions.

Parks, a leader in the fair community who serves like Agney, received the 2021 Junior Friend of Fair award. Parks held 4-H membership since her move to Mifflin County in 2013; her first project animal was a rabbit.

Parks enjoys showing animals and takes part in many fair-related clubs. She showed beef, hogs, poultry and lambs during the 2021 Mifflin County Youth Fair.

Parks held titles as president of the lamb club and secretary of the beef club and many officer positions when participating in the youth fair.

Parks develops younger 4-H members’ show skills and willingly works on anything asked of her during the fair week, including cleaning Monday after the fair closes.

Parks graduated with honors from Mifflin County High School in summer 2021 and attends Penn State Mont Alto, where she majors in animal science due to her love of animals despite her uncertainty regarding where her degree will lead her.

The Mifflin County Open Show Committee congratulated Agney and Parks.

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