Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

July 20, 2013

Gongwer soaking in the fair and final year in 4-H

— GOSHEN — Ten year 4-H member Daniel L. Gongwer is looking forward to what his final Elkhart County 4-H Fair has in store for him.

The Gurnsey Dairy Club member will be showing his cow, Scarlett, which is the first animal he has.

Gongwer, from Elkhart, says 4-H has given him confidence and pride over the years he has been a part of it.

“I can go down to Purdue this next year, feel perfectly at ease with what I want to study which is agri-business,” he said. “It’s taught me a lot as far as responsibility with the animals, I mean, you got to look after them, they don’t look after themselves.”

Gongwer has been a junior leader for the club and served as a director representative on the fair board for the past four years.

Part of the duties he has with that is attending a 7:30 a.m. meeting each morning during fair week. Gongwer says he will miss those meetings.

“That will be one of the biggest things I miss,” he said. “That and being able to see every body I’ve been able to establish friendship with.”

Gongwer has enjoyed the benefits of showing animals in 4-H, but his love of the animals trumps all.

“There is always that financial side, getting some money compensation for your efforts, but for me it’s honestly just being around the animals,” Gongwer said.

He said 4-H has given him many life skills which he will be able to take with him into college and beyond.

“It’s really just be prideful with what I’m able to do, not to the point where it gets in the way but you’re self-confindent.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase