Maggie Sellner loved her involvement with 4-H so much she decided to continue during her freshman year of college - her last year of eligibility.
Maggie Sellner loved her involvement with 4-H so much she decided to continue during her freshman year of college - her last year of eligibility. Maggie is a member of the Stark Happy Hustlers.During her high school years she served the club as secretary, vice president and president.
She spent the past school year as a student at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson - in the Early Childhood program. After completion of the two year program Maggie plans to continue at a four-year college to earn a teaching degree.
“I came home every weekend to help on the farm and work at Carl’s Corner,” said Maggie. The time at home allowed her to maintain her involvement in her 4-H club, even making it to some Sunday afternoon meetings.
As she has each year, Maggie will show livestock and enter the clothing competition at the fair. “I’m showing three dairy cows, my dairy steer and a rabbit,” she said. Maggie’s especially proud of her steer - she purchased him herself and said that showing a larger animal is a challenge. “It builds my confidence to work with my steer.”
Maggie is entering two clothing projects - a wool jacket she sewed and a purchased outfit of leggings, boots and a cardigan. She made a handkerchief quilt and pillow and has entered them in the fair also.
Maggie will be at the fair every day - long days as she cares for her animals. “And if I earn a trip, I’ll go to the state fair, too,” she said.
Involvement in 4-H and growing up on a farm have taught Maggie a lot. “Responsibility for sure,” she said. “At the fair I have to take care of my cows and be on time for judging.” On the farm she had chores morning and evening and juggled it all with a job and school work. “Never a slow moment,” said Maggie.
She also credits 4-H with making her comfortable with public speaking. During high school she was a County Ambassador and served as secretary for the 4-H Federation. “I learned to speak before groups and take good notes,” said Maggie. She said being involved that way was fun and interesting. “I always learned what was happening with the fair and fairgrounds,” she said.
Maggie is a bit sad as the end of her 4-H career approaches, but also excited for another Brown County Free Fair.