Fair board member honored for years of work

A Johnson County Fair Board member in charge of making sure 4-H livestock sales go smoothly has been inducted into a statewide hall of fame.

Kim Roberts was inducted into the Indiana Association of Fairs Hall of Fame in early January.

The 18-year fair board member spent 14 years in charge of the fair’s swine barn and scheduling 4-H shows for youngsters wanting to show their pigs.

She now works as chairwoman of the livestock sale, managing paperwork and making sure the sale goes smoothly for 4-H’ers and buyers.

Roberts spent some of her childhood showing cattle, following in the footsteps of her mother and aunt. However, she decided she liked pigs better and began showing that animal. She was a 10-year 4-H member.

Now she donates dozens of volunteer hours as a member of the fair board.

“It’s a lot of volunteer hours, but it’s worth it for the kids,” she said.

Current board president Larry Vandenburg is also a member of the hall of fame. He was inducted in 2005. Roberts was the fourth local board member to be inducted in the hall of fame’s history.