The letter to the editor written by Dana Howard on Sept. 8 titled "Great job at the fair by everyone involved" was read with much interest. Since we attended the fair more this year than we have our whole lives, we could not help but notice the time and work donated by specific individuals.
Since Dana did such an excellent job congratulating the Alpena County Agricultural Society, the leaders, and the county commissioners, we want to recognize two young ladies who exhibited what the entire 4-H program is all about. Their names are Alyseya and Jamaican Beaudoin.
Showing horses and competing in events is very exciting but also very frightening for young participants. In familiar surroundings, a horse may be very calm but at the fair it can get nervous and sometimes seem uncontrollable. Alyseya and Jamaican not only encouraged the young riders to participate in the events they also worked with them prior to the event, and sometimes even participated in the events with them by running along with the horses and rider.
Since Alyseya and Jamaican were also very involved with the safety of the young riders, it made the events tremendously enjoyable not only for the participants by the spectators as well.
Alyseya also seemed to be at the fair any time that we attended and was always making some sort of contribution with a huge smile on her face. The generosity and unselfishness of what Alyseya and Jamaican demonstrated is what the 4-H program is all about. To use Dana Howard's words, "hats off" to the 4-H leaders, community, and the parents of the two young ladies.
Ron and Peggy McDonald