Joe Simon of Dubuque County was inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.
Two ceremonies will be streamed online to recognize this year’s honorees. Joe Simon will be recognized during the 1:30 PM event. Visit www.iowa4hfoundation.org the day of the ceremony to locate the online event.
Joe Simon and Virginia, his wife of 70 years, raised 10 children on their farm near Farley. The older kids showed both pigs and dairy when they first joined 4-H in the early 60’s before finally settling on dairy. Joe didn’t become a leader right away, but he was an active parent from the start. Some years there were six children in 4H at one time and there was never a lack of hoof trimming, clipping, or making multiple trips with the farm ton-truck to and from the Dubuque County fairgrounds.
During the 15 years Joe served as a 4-H leader, he was known for his quiet leadership, compassion and mentorship – particularly when it came to new members just starting out showing livestock. Joe continued to be a strong backer of youth in agriculture and 4-H, giving of his time, talent, and financial support toward our next generation of farmers and leaders.