The Allen County Fair is in full swing, including 4-H shows. For the Dunten family, 4-H season is everything, planning goes all the way back to 6 months ago.
Competing at 4-H shows started nearly 60 years ago for the Dunten’s, and reached generation, after generation, after generation.
Betty Dunten and her family have always found acceptance within the 4-H community. Three of Betty’s children are deaf, and competed when they were kids.
Her great-grandson was in the dairy show ring today; he has a cochlear implant.
Every year the whole family has a front seat view, including a sign language interpreter for the family, provided by the 4-H Club, through the Purdue extension.
The extension provides a link between Indiana residents and agriculture. Locally, they focus on Allen County’s youth development in 4-H.
“This is something rather new with the extension. Before, I think the parents just kind of to the deaf kids. But it’s really great now that the Extension office furnishes an interpreter wherever the deaf kids are involved in a project. So, that’s been a big help,” says Betty.
Betty says the fair is in her blood, and loves how 4-H brings different farmers together under one roof, and of course brings her family together, too.