County fair to celebrate 100 years of extension

This year Page County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work.

This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research, said Page County Extension Director Kimberly Cavalier.

“ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Page County,” Cavalier said.

Page County began their celebration before the fair by bringing back an old fair event for 4-H’ers to experience. Milk Made Magic, a cooking demonstration featuring milk-based recipes, was held on July h at Wibholm Hall.

In addition, Page County Extension and Outreach hosted rock painting parties and those rocks are hidden throughout Page County. “We invite everyone to show off their rocks on Facebook and then keep or re-hide the rocks,” Cavalier said.

A parade will be held at 4 p.m. July 23 in Clarinda. Line up is at the old football field at South 12th Street and East Main Street.

Line up begins at 3:30 p.m. Anyone who has been a member of 4-H in any capacity is invited to be part of the parade.

The parade route will include Main, around the courthouse square and east on Washington Street and back to the fairgrounds.

On July 23 as part of the fair barbecue kick off, a special presentation and certificate will be presented by Chad Higgins, Senior Director of ISU Extension and Outreach. Past queens from Page County including fair, beef, poultry and rodeos are invited to join in the celebration as well.

In addition, there will be other fun activities including the Iowa History Bus and opportunities for photos with the Iowa State University mascot Cy.

“A hundred years ago the people of Page County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99 county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources,” Cavalier said.

The Page County Extension Council represents county residents and acts on behalf of ISU Extension and Outreach locally. The Page County Extension Council includes Corrinna Bix, Clarinda; Dr. Rosanne Cavin, Clarinda; Diane Ferguson, Clarinda; Drew Liljedahl, Essex; Lindsey Lundgren, Essex; Carol McEnaney, Shenandoah; Chris Richards, Clarinda; Gaylen Swanson, Coin, and Nikki Williams, Clarinda.

“With their understanding of local issues, these elected officials make sure that significant educational programs are available in Page County that help people solve critical issues affecting their lives,” Cavalier said. “Education and partnerships are how we solve problems and prepare for the future. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach looks forward to being part of the ongoing life of Page County for years to come,” Cavalier said.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year. Extension education online reaches more than 4 million.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach contact the Page County office at 712-542-5171 located at 311 E. Washington St. in Clarinda, or visit

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