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There’s one person you could always count on seeing at the 4-H Livestock Auction held the last Saturday night of the Grant County Fair and that was Bill Dills.
Dills grew up on a farm and participated in 4-H as a youth. I’m sure he often remembered the sweat equity he put into raising cattle and produce to show at the fair.
Dills served as chairman of the Grant County Deposit Bank Board of Directors for more than 23years and he never forgot his youth spent on a farm. While Dills gave back in many, many ways to the community he called home, none was more evident than at the livestock auction when he’d spent thousands of dollars supporting Grant County’s youth by purchasing rabbits, goats, chickens, beef and even country hams. Most often he donated the money back to the 4-H program which meant even more money for the county’s youth.
Part of the 4-H members’ task is to approach businesses in the community and ask them to attend the auction to be potential buyers. When buyers were slim, Dills went out on his own and got the businesses to give him the money to support the auction on their behalf. It was a win-win-win for the 4-H kids, the 4-H program and the many customers those businesses were supporting.
Dills died May 15, 2011, but his spirit will still be at that auction on Saturday. I’m sure his wish would have been that all the work he did to support the auction won’t be in vain and even though he’s not there to bid or broker a bid, the businesses community will step in and pick up where he left off.
A tree will be dedicated to Dills and his late wife, Ruth, before the Sale of Champions on Aug. 6 at the fair.
For more information about supporting the 4-H program or being a buyer at the auction, call Joyce Doyle, 4-H agent at 859-824-3355.