Ron Burgett of Lucas County was inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation President, Curt Lang, State 4-H Program Leader, Debbie Nistler, as they were introduced on stage.
Burgett’s love and dedication to the Lucas County 4-H program can be seen and proven throughout his 48 years of involvement in the program. He joined 4-H at the age of nine and continues to serve as a club leader and sheep superintendent today. He believes the program teaches youth valuable life skills and is a place to make memories to last a lifetime.
Burgett’s love of agriculture started as a young boy on his family farm northwest of Chariton. As a toddler he spent hours sitting in the bed of his father’s truck watching him farm and helping his father with livestock. Prior to joining 4-H in 1971 he started raising his own sheep herd. His grandmother, Martha, retired from farming and gave him two ewes to start his own herd. He then purchased two of his sister’s ewes to further develop his herd. Ron was able to bring home many champion trophies from his herd throughout his 4-H career.
Burgett later started his own cattle herd; beginning with a bottle calf, Sis, he got from his father. He bought more heifers over the years from his grandmother to extend his herd. Later in his 4-H career he entered some beef projects and enjoyed showing cattle as well.
After graduating from high school, Burgett attended Indian Hills Community College, but returned from school the week of fair to help with the sheep show and livestock sale. In 1981, he became the assistant club leader of The Liberty Flyers 4-H club along with Don (Mac) McFarland. He remains the club leader today.
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