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4-H Honors Bradbury

PULLMAN, Wash. — Ray H. Bradbury, 924 N. 17th St., Mount Vernon, was inducted Oct. 18 into the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.

Dr. Bradbury has been a project leader in Veterinary Science for the past 32 years. He had a veterinary clinic in Skagit County for 22 years. During that time, he donated many hours to the health of 4-H project animals. He also volunteered as Skagit County Fair Veterinarian for many years.

Bradbury held a wildlife 4-H club for three years, taking kids on field trips to fish hatcheries, and inviting wildlife experts to come in as guest speakers. After retiring from his veterinary practice, he continued to help with many 4-H project animals. He then extended his commitment to the Western Washington State Fair in 1981, serving as official Fair Veterinarian for three years.

In 1984 the Animal Health Volunteer program was created. It allows senior 4-H and FFA members to work with Bradbury for two days at the Western Washington Fair, exposing them to the many careers involved in animal well being. The program has won the 1st award for Western Fair Annual Science programs.

In addition, Bradbury has been awarded the Skagit County Friend of 4-H Award.

Induction of the first one hundred people was announced at a State 4-H Forum in Ocean Shores. The hall of fame was created as part of the 4-H centennial celebration.

More than 93,500 Washington youths are enrolled in 4-H programs; over 20,300 are enrolled in 1,733 clubs. Another 73,000 participate in a variety of other 4-H activities, such as the school enrichment program, day camps and overnight camping.

More than 10,300 adult volunteers support 4-H, which is Washington State University Cooperative Extension’s informal, educational program for today’s young people. The program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, WSU faculty, federal, state, and local governments, and businesses.

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(360) 428-4270, John Yengich, 4-H Program Coordinator