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Ree Reich honored at 2010 Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show

Ree Reich, Belle Fourche, SD, will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 as the honoree at the 2010 Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Show style show and awards program at 3 p.m. at the Walter Taylor Building on the Central States Fairgrounds. The public is invited to a tea reception prior to the event.

She was selected because of her long time association with the show, both as a 4-H leader, member of the board and volunteer at the show and as a parent. All of her children are alumni of Western Junior 4-H Livestock and Family and Consumer Sciences Show. She will soon start two more cloverbuds in their 4-H careers.

Ree holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Wyoming. She is in the 44th year of a lifetime marriage to Tim Reich, and is the mother of four grown children: Mark, Heather, Angela and Holly; grandmother of six grandsons and three granddaughters and the great-grandmother of a little boy in Texas. She is a retired music teacher but continues to teach music to as many as will listen.

Volunteering in the Belle Fourche Cowboy Band, Tri-State Museum Association, Mixed Company Singers and at two local long-term care facilities keeps Ree busy as well as her time spent helping with the Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Show. She has worked for many years with the Breadbaking contest, Jeopardy and Home Living at the show. She is also very involved with her church and supports her husband’s many conservation efforts. Plus she is still co-leader, with her daughter, of the Valley View 4-H club in Butte County, SD, a position she has held for more than 30 years. She has also been involved with Butte/Lawrence County Fair as both a judge and judge’s helper for over 30 years.

The 48th annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, SD. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests that 4-Hers, non 4-H youth, and adults may participate in. The contests begin on Friday from 3-6 p.m. and will continue from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The event features contests for developing life skills.

Contact your local County Extension Service for guidelines. New participants are encouraged and you do not need to preregister. Contestants may come from outside the state of South Dakota. Board members and volunteers are available to assist newcomers to the show. Visitors are also welcome to view the contests, style show and awards ceremony.

The contests are place settings, ingredient measuring, bread baking, family life photos, home living centerpieces, vegetable identification and judging, Family and Consumer Science judging, meat identification. Family and Consumer Science skill-a-thon, fashion revue for both constructed and purchased garments and public speaking. The public may view the exhibits after the contests.

The show was formerly called the Western Junior Home Economics Show. In two years it will celebrate its 50th year. The board of directors would like to hear from former contestants, parents of participants, Extension educators and former members of the board. To share your suggestions or to add you name to list of alumni, contact Cori Enders, Western 4-H FCS Show secretary, P. O. Box 703, Baker, MT 59313 or Vera Boje, Western 4-H FCS Show president, 605-716-7347, or e-mail veraboje@knology.net.


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