The Cass County Friends of Youth State Fair Scholarship Fund committee awarded $6,000 to 25 county 4-Hers to help defray their expenses for exhibiting at the State Fair.
Backus residents Barb Frederick and Leo and Sue Elyea, committee co-chairs, announced the amount of the fair scholarship awards financed by fundraising, including donations and a June benefit golf tournament at Tianna Country Club in Walker.
“We again thank all the individuals and organizations who supported the fundraising this year,” Frederick said in a news release. “We were able to help all the 4-Hers who won with projects at the county level who could attend the State Fair with their expenses.”
Individuals, businesses and organizations, including veterans groups, supported the fundraising drive and golf tournament.
The scholarships help pay for travel, meals and entry fees for a large variety of exhibits, including home environment, photography, computer science, entomology, geology, carpentry, clothing, youth in action (speech), crafts, youth leadership, and animals, including livestock.
Entry fees alone, for examples, range from $135 to $150 for non-animal events. Animal fees includes $240 for beef, $150 for dairy goats, $150 for rabbits, $100 for poultry, $140 for sheep and market goats, $145 for breeding and market swine, $145 for horses, plus $5 for each class of horse competition.
Additional significant costs include animal transportation, feed and tack supplies and gate admission for families and their children. The committee was able to help families with costs that vary depending on events entered and required length of stay in St. Paul, but the assistance does not cover all the expenses participants and their families incur, including private lodging. There were no fairground camping spaces available this year for Cass County youth and their families.
This was the seventh year of the golf tournament and fundraising that Frederick and the Elyeas organized. The three came up with the idea in 2013 when they were concerned that many Cass County youth who won contests at the county level were unable to afford the expenses associated with the trip to St. Paul. Leo Elyea, an avid golfer, organized the golf tournament in addition to assisting with other donations.
Supporting groups, businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored golf teams, purchased hole sponsorships and donated cash, prizes, advertising and other services to the golf tournament or made direct contributions to the fund.
“We are deeply grateful the generosity of area businesses, organizations and individuals for helping our youth get to St. Paul for what for them is a very rewarding experience,” Frederick and the Elyeas said in a joint statement accompanying the awards announcement.