Four new people were inducted into the Boone County 4-H Fair Hall of Fame Friday at an induction ceremony at the Witham Pavilion.
Fair Board President Jim Schillaci announced the names of the inductees – Daniel and Jackie Hine and Bev and the late Mark Cunningham – to the crowd Friday. The news came as a surprise to everyone, including the inductees themselves. They are not told about the honor beforehand.
Daniel and Jackie Hine were the first to be surprised with news that they are 2013 Fair Hall of Fame inductees. Daniel was born in Lebanon in 1950 and was involved in 4-H as a child for six years. He worked in swine, electric, leathercraft and tractor maintenance. He was also involved in the FFA program at Thorntown High School. He graduated from there in 1969, going on to Lincoln Tech until graduating from there. Dan was active in the Lebanon National Guard for six years and worked at Larr Equipment before going back to the family farm with his parents, Kenny and Joan Hine. He has since been a full-time Boone County farmer, for the past 40 years.
When Bev Cunningham was called on stage as the next inductee of the Fair Hall of Fame, she broke into tears. She was accepting the honor on behalf of herself and her late husband, Mark Cunningham.
The two have been long time supporters of 4-H at a county and a state level. Mark was a 10-year 4-Her and participated in many projects, including beef, horse and pony, veterinary science, photography and electric. Bev was a nine-year 4-Her, participating in horse and pony, rabbits, sheep, clothing and miscellaneous crafts. Mark was an LHS graduate, then getting a degree in animal science from Purdue University in 1978 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue in 1982. He opened his own veterinary clinic, All Animals Veterinary Clinic, in 1991. He was a longtime supporter of the 4-H auction and assisted and then ran the Supreme Showmanship contest for many years.
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