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Mauers honored

Emily Saveraid (left), executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Gary and Nancy Mauer, and Tillie Good, volunteer development specialist with 4-H, at the induction ceremony in August at the Iowa State Fair. The Mauers were honored at the Buchanan County Fair in July.

BUCHANAN COUNTY – Local 4-H volunteers Gary and Nancy Mauer were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair.

Nancy (Reed) and Gary Maurer joined Fayette County 4-H in 1956 and continued until graduation in 1965. During that time, they both were very successful in showing beef. Nancy exhibited registered angus and Gary registered shorthorns. They also exhibited miscellaneous projects in the exhibit hall.

These two were seen together a lot not only in 4-H but also at church and community events. Soon after graduation, they married.

In 1987, Nancy, along with a friend, began the Buffalo Kountry Pals 4-H Club based out of Aurora. Nancy was instrumental in getting the trophy program going in Buchanan County. She spent many hours sending letters and making personal visits to individuals and businesses seeking trophy donors for all Buchanan County Fair 4-H award winners. After the donations were sought, she worked with Trott’s Trophies in Winthrop to get trophies ordered and picked up. She even took the time to stick a label, with the name and address of the donor, onto the bottom, making it much easier for recipients to send a thank you.

In 1998, Gary joined as a leader for the Washington Eagles 4-H Club, based out of Independence. This club was responsible for raising funds to rewire the Black Pavilion show barn and drop electrical outlets from the rafters in the beef barn, making it much easier for beef exhibitors to plug in needed equipment.

Nancy and Gary served as polled Hereford junior advisors for 24 years. During this time, they wore many hats and took multiple vacations with their cattle friends to several states throughout the U.S., allowing the youth to show and compete in contests at Junior National shows. Over the years, they have helped many adults and youth answer questions and make necessary decisions.

Nancy and Gary have been married 52 years and are the proud parents of three daughters, all of whom were involved in Buchanan County 4-H exhibiting beef, including registered shorthorns, angus and polled Herefords, and many exhibits in the 4-H building.

Over the years, Nancy and Gary spent many hours in the barn helping not only their three daughters, but also their eight grandchildren, break, wash, comb, clip, and fit the beef animals prior to making their way to the show ring at county-, state-, and national-level events.

Nancy and Gary continue to support 4-H not only in Buchanan County but also in neighboring counties and at the state level. They can be seen sitting ring side supporting our youth.