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July 14, 2011

Extension Council Crowns 2011 State Fair Farm Family from Scotland County

The University of Missouri Extension Council of Scotland County proudly announced its 2011 State Fair Farm Family during a special ceremony July 5th at the fair. The David and RaElla Wiggins family received the honor..

Each member of the Wiggins family have been committed to 4-H. They each have exhibited livestock and art hall projects at the county fair. They are well known in the community and are members of the Christian Church.

David is a Scotland County native and a self employed farmer. He has a strong agricultural background. Having grown up on his family's farm, he was a member of the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H club for 11 years. His projects were very well rounded and included arts and crafts, electricity, wood working, beef, sheep, swine and foods. He was also an active member of FFA during his high school years and earned the State Degree. David went on to college at the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in Agriculture. David has been involved in his community as a former member of the Farm Bureau Board and University of Missouri Extension Council and is currently a volunteer fire fighter.

RaElla is a graduate of Wyaconda High School. She grew up in 4-H and has attended meetings since an infant as her parents and older siblings were enthusiastic members of 4-H. Once old enough to officially enroll, RaElla's projects included swine, dairy, beef, arts and craft, and sewing, just to name a few. RaElla continued on to college attending the, now, Truman State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science. She is presently employed at AT Still University as a research tech.

David and RaElla have three children. Their son Charles was a six-year member of the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H and was also a member of FFA while in high school. He completed his education be earning his GED. His projects included beef and woodworking.

Like Charles, Caleb was also a member of the Jolly Jacks & Jills with projects including beef and woodworking. As a member of the FFA, Caleb held several offices and earned the State Degree. Caleb is currently serving in the army and has been deployed in Iraq since November 2010.

The youngest of the Wiggins family, Conner, is also a member of the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club. She joined as a Clover Kid and has many projects including cat care, foods, arts and crafts and beef. This year will be her first time exhibiting a steer. Connor keeps her family busy with her other activities such as Girl Scouts, after school program at the Lutheran Church, and this summer trying her hand at baseball.

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