PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times
Each year Mayes County gives two people its highest award, the Hall of Fame. This year’s recipents are Logan Courtney and John McQuaig.
Courtney has just completed his eighth year of 4-H work.
His primary project areas include Dairy, Agriculture, Sheep and Swine.
He has started his own dairy herd that currently consists of five lactating cows, four dairy heifers and a Jersey Bull. He hand milks the cows twice each day and is solely responsible for their management.
Courtney has conducted numerous dairy workshops over topics such as judging dairy cattle, breeds of dairy cattle, and bottle feeding. He exhibits his dairy cattle at the Mayes County Fair and also competed successfully in other dairy related contests such as quiz bowls and judging contests.
In the agriculture project, in addition to the dairy herd, he manages a flock of 35 sheep and a herd of five beef cattle. He is actively involved in the family farming operation where he is responsible for baling all the round bales. He also assists in feeding the family’s beef cattle herd, planting and harvesting silage crops, and harvesting wheat. Furthermore, he markets his wool to hand spinners.
He has won numerous awards and medals throughout his 4-H career.
Offices held include Mayes County President and Mayes County Reporter, as well as, president of their local club at least three times. This individual has also served on a number of committees and displayed leadership by conducting numerous workshops at local, county and district events. This member has also actively participated in district and state leadership conferences.
Citizenship projects include organizing a county wide coat drive, watering the crepe myrtles all summer during the drought for the Chouteau Public Park, organizing a petting zoo at Black Buggy Days and planning and working the Annual Dog Dip in Chouteau where they dip over 200 dogs each year.
John McQuaig has just completed his sixth year of 4-H work.
He has been actively involved in the following county events: Share the Fun, Impressive Dress, Spring Break Trip, Speech Contest, Mayes County Fair, Fun Shop Presenter and the Food Showdown.
His primary project is wildlife but they have also been active and medaled in the poultry project and participated in Dairy Quiz Bowl.
In the wildlife project, he gave numerous nature presentations to schools about reptiles, amphibians and raising deer. Furthermore he led bird counting trips, served as a guide for the Oxley Nature Center night walks, created an insect collection and designed and planned a nature-scape garden. He has also given over 10 speeches and 13 workshops or tours on wildlife to Mayes County 4-H members. He has also entered numerous wildlife exhibits at the Mayes County and the Tulsa State Fairs.
Offices held include the Mayes County Vice-President, as well as, local club Vice-President numerous times , and local club treasurer once. This person has also served on a number of committees and displayed leadership by conducting workshops at local and county events such as the Discover 4-H Day, the Summer Workshop at GRDA Pensacola Dam and led a Tour Group for our Spring Break Trip to the Oxley Nature Center. Furthermore, this person has attended the district and state volunteer conferences.
Citizenship projects include tutoring fifth grade students, assisting in organizing the Chouteau Christmas Parade, setting up and stocking an aquarium with native fish for Pryor Public schools and marking fences for Lesser Prairie Chickens. He also assisted with the Chouteau Dog Dip and other club citizenship projects.
The winners are presented with framed portraits sponsored by area banks.