To the editor:

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

“Pull ourselves up from the bootstraps.”

All clichés we have all heard time and time again. This year has been a challenging time for everyone. However, the individuals and businesses and families of Jay County once again have risen up and gone above and beyond to support the youth of this community.

When the decision was made that the 4-H auction would not happen like it would in normal years, the executive committee and 4-H council members asked the businesses and individuals of Jay County to make any donations they felt comfortable making. At the end of the fair, the money would be split evenly among all the 4-H members that qualified.

This community definitely went above and beyond the call.

The 4-H council members, officers, Jay County Purdue Extension Office staff and especially the members and families would like to all thank the following companies, businesses and individuals for all their support and donations:

Adams Physical Therapy

Ag Best LLC

Jarrod and Annette Alexander

American Legion Post #211

Arch Bridge Cruisers

Bill and Rebecca Bailey

Barnum Brown Ins

Berne Ready Mix

Bluffton Animal Clinic

Bro-Cass Cattle

C. Clifford Green Excavating

CA Schoen Insurance

Central Gases and Supply

Central States Enterprises

Coleman, David and Connie

Al and Paula Confer

Cooper Farms Feed and Animal

Crop Insurance Processing

Crossroads Financial

Katie Daniels

Dave's Heating and Cooling

Davidson Excavating

Paula Davidson

DMH Family Farms

Brad and Leslie Dues

Rick and Beth Dues

ESTEP Doctor and Company

Farm Credit

Fennig Equipment

Finnerty Farms LLC

First Bank of Berne

First Merchants Corporation

Fisher Packing Co

Barbara Ford

Steve Ford and Jane Switzer

Fox Contractors

Fullenkamp Machine Inc

Gordon Ag Group

Ralph Guingrich

Hanlin Real Estate


Helena Agri Enterprise

Hemmelgarn Masonry

Hemmelgarn, Doug and Karen

Hinkle, Racster and Schemenaur

Homan, Dennis and Mary

Homestead Quality Bedding

Horn, Doug and Carla

Income Tax and Bookkeeping

William and Sharla Ann James

Jay Co Soil and Water Conservation

Jay County Solid Waster Management

Jay County 4-H Dairy Club

Jay County Abstract Company

Jay County REMC

Jay County Therapeutics

Jay Petroleum, Inc

JC Soil Consultants, Inc

Matt and Jennifer Johnson

Thomas and Phyllis Johnson

Journey Farms

KBL Transport

Thomas and Linda Kennedy

Kenn-Feld Group, LLC

Kiwanis Club of Portland

Kyle Stockton Excavating

Langdon Bros Seed Corp

Lehman Feed Mill

Richard and Barbara Louck

David and Linda Lowe

Robert and Joyce Lyons

Marvin Muhlenkamp Farms, Inc

Matthew’s Feed

William and Patricia McAbee

Annemarie and Kent McClung

McIntire, Phil

Mercer County Electric

Dru and Sara Mercer

Mid-States Concrete

Minnich Poultry, LLC

MKT Farms (Mike Timmerman)

Moo-Juice Express

Muhlenkamp Building Corp

Muhlenkamp Custom Operations

Muhlenkamp Farm Supply, LLC

Larry and Susan Myers

Stephen Myron

Michael and LanaNinde

North Star Implement and Hardware

Park National Bank

Patriot Fitness

Lance Paxson

Raymond and Sue Paxson

Alan and Rebecca Peterson

Portland Breakfast Optimist Club

Portland Evening Optimist Club

Portland Lions Club

Richard and Kathy Price

Philip and Susan Rager

Redkey Veterinary Clinic

Ritchie Steve and Jill

Rodgers Farms, LLC

Philip and Cecilia Schmit

Paul and Phyllis Schoenlein

Eugene and June Schmit

Michael and LucindaShawver

Michael and Cathie Smith

Jeff and Nancy Snyder

Sprunger and Sprunger

Ronald and Shirley Stauffer

Jeff and Beth Stephen

Sunny Day Farms

Joel and Sharon Taylor

The Tire Center

Jerry and Janet Thornburg

Point of View Farms

Mark and Tamara Tillman

TTG Equipment LLC Troxel Equipment

Wayne St Market

Robert A Weaver

Frances Weesner

Don and Chris Whitenack


John Young

C and J Zimmerman

Sondra Zimmerman

Because of all these people and companies each eligible 4-H member will receive a check and recognition for their hard work and dedication in completing their 2020 4-H project. Again, on behalf of all Jay County 4-H thank you all for all your support.

Dru Mercer