The Illinois 4-H Foundation honors extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff annually at the Illinois State Fair. This year, Edgar County’s own Brad Cash received this …
The Illinois 4-H Foundation honors extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff annually at the Illinois State Fair. This year, Edgar County’s own Brad Cash received this honor.
Raised on a rural farm, Cash joined the Bell Ridge Ag 4-H Club in 1968, ultimately showing as many as 32 projects his senior year of high school. After aging out of 4-H, he followed in his parents’ footsteps, and became the adult leader of the same club, where he has served for 41 years.
Many local 4-H’ers know Cash as the rocket man. He wrote Edgar County’s 4-H Aerospace project program and is still teaching about aerospace and judging in county and 4-H fairs and 4-H competitions.
Giving back to the community comes natural to Cash. He is active in several local organizations including Knights of Columbus, Paris FFA Alumni Association, Edgar County 4-H Association, Edgar County 4-H Federation, Edgar County 4-H Pork Chop Barbecue Fundraiser and Paris Lions Club.
Cash said one of the greatest joys of being a 4-H leader was watching his son, Adam, complete for 10 years in 4-H, and joining his home club as an adult 4-H leader.
The Bell Ridge 4-H Club’s first meeting of the new 4-H year is 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the 4-H fairgrounds. All youth who are ages 8-18 as of Sept. 1 of this year are welcome to join.
More information about 4-H and other clubs in Edgar County is available at go.illinois.edu/ccc or by calling University of Illinois Extension Office at 217-465-8585.