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Lincoln County Places 7 in State 4-H Hall of Fame

PULLMAN, Wash. — Seven people represent Lincoln County in the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.

Inducted Oct. 18 in Ocean Shores were: Scott Barr, 409 Old Dominion Road, Colville, and his late wife, Evelyn; Lydia and Orville Widmer, 32553 Crick Road N., Wilbur; Esther and Walt Kik, 33499 State Route 2 E., Davenport. Also inducted was the late James W. McKay, formerly of Almira.

Scott Barr was elected to the 4-H Foundation Board in 1972 and provided 26 years of dedicated volunteer service as a trustee. As a state senator, he has helped 4-H and the Cooperative Extension Service on
many occasions.

Scott also helped support the 4-H Know Your Government Conference from its inception, in 1985, until his retirement from the Senate in 1993. In 1995, Scott received the Washington Partner-In-4-H award given to an individual, corporation, or other supporter of the Washington 4-H youth development program who has shown exemplary support for the youth of Washington.

Evelyn Barr was a volunteer serving the 4-H program in Lincoln County and surrounding area. She was the leader of the Edwall 4-H Homemakers Club for the same eight girls from the time they started in 4-H until they were out of high school.

Evelyn emphasized developing life skills, as well as insuring the members learned basic social skills. Her estate provided a $310,000 endowment, to be used for operating capital for the Washington State 4-H

Kik contributed to 4-H for more than 54 years, as a club leader, project leader, fair volunteer, and president of Leader’s Council. She cooked at 4-H camp, transported kids to state conference, and served as a judge for the “Best 4-H Story.”

McKay was leader of the Almira 4-H Livestock Club from 1927 until his death in 1979. The club still exists today. He was secretary on the Grange committee that started 4-H in the Grand Coulee area. McKay also was secretary, and eventually superintendent of fairs at Wilbur and Almira.

The fair in Davenport began in the Pamona Grange when McKay arranged for a speaker. He was the Lincoln County Fair superintendent for 10 years, and served as the beef barn or open cattle superintendent for many years.

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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(509) 725-4171 for Ann Hennings, 4-H Agent