Two from Pierce County Inducted into State 4-H Hall of Fame

PULLMAN, Wash. — Two Pierce County 4-H workers are among eight Washington state residents recently inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame.

Inducted were Pat Hague, Graham, and the late Mary Richen of Puyallup.

Hague has been a leader in the 4-H horse project for 26 years. She also has been an active on the Pierce County Leaders’ Council Executive Board.

For eight years, Hague served as the assistant manger of the 4-H State Fair Equine Department. Because of her hard work, dedication and organizational skills, the State 4-H Fair’s horse show runs smoothly, providing members across the state with an opportunity to demonstrate their horse showmanship skills.

Mary Richen, who died in 1975, was a 4-H leader for nearly 40 years. She served as secretary of the 4-H leaders’ district meetings, on the Pierce County Leader’s Council and the State Leader’s Council. She was a member of the National 4-H honorary, Mu Beta Beta, and served on the Pierce County Junior Fair Board for many years.

She helped purchase the Valley 4-H Club property. When the property was later sold, an endowment was created with the proceeds to fund annual scholarships. Her daughter and grandson have both served on the scholarship board.

A total of 122 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since it was created in 2001.

The Washington State University Extension 4-H program is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Adult leaders are integral to its success. 4-H’er’s participate in such projects and programs as animal science, the Know Your Government Conference, Science Camp-in, technology, photography and in cultural exchanges.

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