SDSU Extension to induct volunteers during S.D. State Fair

Photo Courtesy S.D. High School Rodeo Association LaDonna and Bill Hupp, seated, in a photo with their children from 2021, when they were recognized as Legendary Heroes by the S.D. High School Rodeo Association. At this year’s S.D. State Fair, the Hupps will be inducted into the 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame.

BROOKINGS — The 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame and 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Hall of Fame will add seven new individuals during the 2023 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

The ceremony will start at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, following the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe in the Nordby Exhibit Hall on the State Fairgrounds. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

This year’s 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees are Bill and LaDonna Hupp, Beadle County (posthumous); Marilyn Hespe, Butte County; Ida Marie Snortland, Butte/Lawrence County; and Marty Warns, Lake County. The 2023 inductees into the 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Hall of Fame are Terry Wendt, Brookings County; and Jim Slunecka, Faulk County.

The 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame commemorates the 4-H Centennial in 2002. Each summer, individuals contributing significantly to county or state 4-H programming are honored through the 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame.

“This year’s group of volunteers truly embody the spirit of 4-H. They have been leaders within the youth development program, their communities and across the state,” said Jenae Hansen-Gross, SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Development Field Specialist.

SDSU Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program is a partnership of federal (United States Department of Agriculture), state (land grant university) and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience leadership, health and wellness, and science and agriculture through a network of professional staff and volunteers.

Yearly programming efforts reach more than 9,000 enrolled members and 35,000 youth participants.

For more information, contact Jenae K. Hansen-Gross, South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Development Field Specialist, at 605-626-2870 or [email protected].