By Betty Williamson
Here’s a Roosevelt County Fair math problem:
What do you get when you add up 1,000 hamburgers, 250 hot dogs, 33 gallons of ice cream, 900 sodas, 15 cases of water, and 250 Frito pies?
Roosevelt County Exten-sion Home Economist Connie Moyers hopes the answer is about $4,000, the target goal for proceeds from the 4-H concession stand, the cinder block building that sits smack-dab in the center of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, home to the largest annual fundraiser for the 4-H County Council.
Connie says about 200 youth are involved in Roosevelt County’s seven 4-H clubs, guided by an impressive 80 adult volunteers. Each club pulls at least one shift during the fair, keeping the concession stand open from 8 a.m. until midnight daily. The two largest clubs—those from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home—each work two shifts, Connie said.
The money raised makes it possible for local 4-H members to attend leadership camps and conferences, hold a county awards banquet, be involved in state activities, and even receive scholarships.
Connie told me the most popular item is the “Dairyman’s Special,” a cheeseburger, chips and a milk shake.
If you pass by and you’re not hungry, I’ll bet a four-leaf clover they would still welcome your donation.
As a former 4-Her, Betty Williamson continually pledges her “head to clearer thinking,” but to no avail. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.