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COLUMBIA CITY â Bloodlines of the founders of Whitley Countyâs Dairy Club were still present at the 2013 4-H Fair â both human and animal.
âThe echoes of our ancestors are in this barn,â Matt Gaff, former 4-Her said.
The Whitley County Dairy Club was founded in 1957 and cattle at this yearâs fair have bloodlines that date back to the first animals at the fair.
âThatâs what makes this club different from the others â itâs not terminal,â Gaff said.
Gaffâs family, the Mathiases, are part of a core group of dairy families that have been involved with the dairy club for years.
While animals from many of the other clubs are sold and new are bought the next year, itâs nearly the opposite for the dairy club.
âThatâs what I enjoy about dairy,â Mel Egolf said. âFirst-year members can bring the same animal back to the fair several years in a row.â
Though his farm is in Noble County, Egolf has had dairy cattle at Whitley Countyâs fair for several decades.
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