Paisley recognized for contributions to Wyo. 4-H
A Big Horn County 4-H educator and the University of Wyoming Extension beef cattle specialist received recognition for their contributions to 4-H’ers and the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.
Gretchen Gasvoda received the Champion 4-H Educator Award and Steve Paisley the Top Hand Award. Both honors were presented Saturday during the fair by the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents (WAE4-HA).
The 4-H educator award recognizes Gasvoda’s years of work, time and support of 4-H’ers and state fair, said Brittany Johnson, WAE4-HA vice president and Laramie County military 4-H educator.
A six-year 4-H educator, Gasvoda supports static exhibit judging, livestock judging, county youth delegates and much more during the state fair, said Johnson. She has also been the chair of WAE4-HA swine jackpot shows. The award is given to a 4-H educator who has been serving for three years or more and given great time, energy and efforts to supporting 4-H events at the fair.
Paisley’s award recognizes his work with livestock production contests and 4-H’ers. Paisley, of Wheatland, is based at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle and is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming.
The Top Hand Award is given every three years to a UW Extension specialist who strongly supports the state fair and the 4-H’ers who participate, said Johnson.
“Steve has been intricately involved with the youth and adult pork, beef and sheep production contests,” she said.
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