Each year the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair recognizes two outstanding 4-H youth from each county in the area. These youth must have been in 4-H for at least three years, be over the age of fourteen, and have met several project requirements. This year Nassau County was proud to nominate Kody Barger and AJ Carter as our outstanding 4-H members.
Kody Barger has been an active member of the Nassau County 4-H program for 9 years. Kody is extremely involved in 4-H at both the club and county-level. He has been a counselor at several day camps, the recreation leader and secretary for County Council, and now president of a new 4-H club that he helped create. He is always willing to lend a hand at any event and is always ready to put on service projects. Throughout his entire 4-H career Kody has shown animals at the Northeast Florida Fair and completed multiple project books. He is undoubtedly a great leader and role model for the younger members of the 4-H program. In addition to his work with 4-H, Kody is active in FFA and Relay for Life, he lays flags at the National Cemetery for Memorial Day, coordinates recycling for the Northeast Florida Fair, and the list goes on. He has also participated in events at Ark of Nassau (which serves adults with disabilities) and community pet adoption events. Kody has already been recognized as the Nassau County 4-Her of the year for 2016-2017 and he hasn’t slowed down one bit.
AJ Carter is an active member of both the Barnyard N Beyond 4-H Club and the Nassau County 4-H Council. She has held the role of Vice President for Barnyard N Beyond for several years. AJ is known for her extremely helpful nature. She is always willing to lend a hand and goes out of her way to help others – both youth and adults within our organization. At fair time, you will find her helping younger 4-H’ers take care of their animals and prepare for their shows. She has regularly shown animals at the Northeast Florida Fair including chickens, dairy cows, and market hogs. She has also participated in numerous service projects with the county. AJ is an entrepreneur in Nassau County and raises and sells her own chickens. Outside of 4-H, she is involved with barrel racing and loves to water ski and go hiking and camping.
Kody and AJ were presented with plaques for their success at the Jacksonville Fair last week.
Congratulations, Kody and AJ! We are so proud of you!