by Terry Rogers
Stephen Walter is a proud supporter of the Delaware 4-H Supporter, agreeing two years in a row to participate in the Delaware State Fair Pig Kissin’ contest in order to raise scholarship funds.
“The requirements are pretty simple,” Walter said. “They have to raise money and be willing to kiss a piglet in front of a crowd of a couple hundred people at the Delaware State Fair. In the past 25 years, over $136,500 has been raised and awarded and this year, we added more than $13,000 to that number.” The scholarships are awarded to Delaware 4-H Junior Exhibitors to help with college expenses.
According to Walter, the 4-H reaches out to businesses and community organizations asking to have someone participate. Harrington Raceway and Casino has had a participant in the contest for the past ten years and Walter, who is the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, has joined the fun for the past two years.
“As a group, we raised a little over $12,000,” Walter said. “I was not the highest corporate participant this year, raising around $1,200, but I still kissed the pig because I told everyone who supported me that I would.”
Walter agreed to participate in the event not only because he supports 4-H, but also because he knows that college costs are not getting less expensive.
“There are some amazing, hard-working youth in 4-H that deserve the support of the community,” Walter said. “In general, events like this bring our communities together and show what being a good neighbor is all about. I like to use a quote from 13-year old Sydnee Floyd which describes why I decided to do this event – ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ This event not only helps support young people who may not be able to attend college without the scholarship, but is also a fun way to show community support.”
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