Bryan County Fair Appreciation Luncheon held
By Jessica Breger
The Bryan County Fair Board and Oklahoma Home & Community Education (OHCE) held its annual Fair Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday. During the luncheon two members were honored for their hard work in putting the fair together.
This year’s honorees were Reanae Childers and Arleta Curtis. Childers became involved with the 4-H program at an early age and has remained involved in the program as an adult.
She graduated from Achille High School and started her college years at SOSU and majored in Chemistry.
Her 4-H accomplishments included State Meat Judging Team, Land Judging Team and National Dairy Judging Team.
She is an Oklahoma Key Club Member and a SOSU Scholarship winner. She showed sheep even though she is allergic to the wool.
Childers and her family live on a ranch where they raise cattle. Her son Zac is a student at SOSU. Her daughter Rachel is a senior at Calera High School.
Her husband Keith is retired. Zac and Rachel are both Bryan County 4-H Hall of Farmers.
Curtis has been an active and supportive member of the Eager OHCE group for 41 years and 9 months. She has served many terms as president of the Eager Group; also secretary and treasurer.
Bryan County OHCE President Jolene Reid said it is the amount of time Curtis has served the group that made her an honoree.
“Everyone works, but 41 years is a long time,” said Reid. She commended Curtis on the dedication it takes to serve one group for so long.
In 1976, Curtis was chosen Bryan County Homemaker of the Year, an honor which was begun when Joy Jones came to Bryan County in 1975 as Home Demonstration Agent (now Extension Educator).
To get the group’s name before the public and to build membership, Arleta encouraged her group to enter a float in the SOSU Homecoming Parade.
Recognition was also given to some OHCE members who have hit milestones in their club membership.
Etombe James of the Busy Bees, Jack Accountius of Calera and Frances Speers of Calera have all hit their five-year marks with the Bryan County Oklahoma Home & Community Education.
Kathy Viden of Calera, Ruth Thompson of Eager, Julie Rice of Eager and Joyce Shives of Eager all celebrate 10 years with the group.
Pat Accountius is the only member to celebrate 20 years with the Bryan County Oklahoma Home & Community Education this year.
The release of the 2013 Bryan County Fair Book was also announced Wednesday. Both honorees will be featured in the book.
The book will be available by the end of next week. Books can be picked up at the OSU Extension Office located in the Clay Jones Community Building at the Bryan County Fair Grounds.
Entries for the 2013 Bryan County Fair must be turned in by September 4.
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