The Clark County Extension Council held their annual picnic on July 17 at O-Mak-O-Hak Park and honored the Jim and Coleena Day family as the recipient of the 2014 State Fair Farm Family Award. This family was chosen according to specific criteria that include: farm family engaged in agriculture; active supporters and cooperators with University Extension; active in community affairs and leadership; have children involved in 4-H; and respected by their neighbors and community.
The Day family will be entertained and recognized during a dinner at the Missouri State Fair on Monday, August 11. The purpose of Farm Family Day is to recognize the outstanding contribution farm families make to the State of Missouri and to Missouri agriculture. University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Missouri State Fair and Missouri Farm Bureau jointly sponsor this event.
The Jim and Coleena Day Family were nominated by the Fox River Clovers 4-H Club. Jim has been actively involved in 4-H throughout his life as a 10 year member of the Luray Booster 4-H Club and CCR-1 FFA. Coleena is a fifth grade teacher at Black Hawk Elementary. Both are members of the Clark County Farm Bureau and the First Baptist Church of Wayland. The Days own and operate a farm in Clark County along with their two sons, Aaron and Austin.
The Day family is very involved in the Fox River Clover 4-H Club which Jim helped organize in November of 2003 and served as the first leader of their club. He is a member of the Jr. Livestock Committee and serves as Swine Superintendent for the Clark County Fair. Coleena is an assistant leader of the club. They are both project leaders and Jim received the county outstanding male 4-H leader award in 2013. Aaron and Austin are enrolled in numerous 4-H projects and Aaron is currently the club’s secretary. The boys are involved in all sports, attend church regularly and recently participated in their church’s vacation bible school program. The family works hard to promote, encourage, and develop the youth of Clark County.
The Clark County Extension Council felt the Day family was very deserving of the award because of their strong leadership and commitment to agriculture in Clark County.