Pat Greiner Memorial Open Sheep Show set for Sunday
An open sheep show in memory of longtime sheep producer, mentor, 4-H leader and sheep superintendent at the Washington County Fair will be held Sunday, July 7 on the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Registration and weigh-in will take place between 9 and 11 a.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. Prizes and payout will be given to Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb and Grand and Reserve Champion Commercial Lamb.
The late Pat Greiner earned the respect of his family, the Keota community, Washington County 4-H and the sheep industry in the state of Iowa over many years of service and support.
According to a Washington Evening Journal story about Greiner’s induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2010, he said that when his children were old enough for 4-H, he started taking them to meetings in Washington County because there wasn’t a 4-H club nearby in Keokuk County.
He said he took his two oldest children to their first meeting.
“The first meeting, I stayed because I was new and didn’t know much about it because I wasn’t in 4-H myself,” Greiner said in October 2010. “Everything went real good and come the next month, I took them and the two leaders then asked me if I would be willing to help. I said, ‘Well, if I’m going to come to the meetings and wait on the kids, well, I don’t know much, but I’d be willing to help.’”
He was a leader of the Dutch Creek Flyers 4-H club for 15 years. He became a member of the Washington County Sheep Committee after his children graduated and were out of 4-H. He devoted his time to serving as a project leader and later, became co-superintendent of the sheep department. He also was on the Washington County Fair Board.
Greiner and his wife Shirley began going to the Iowa State Fair when she organized the Washington County Fair Queen contest.
“At that time,” Greiner said, “there was a group from Washington County that started going to the state fair. We got involved there.”
That involvement included serving cooked lamb samples in the state fair’s
Agriculture Building for several years. Greiner later began working in the lamb concession, where the concession served about 1,000 fairgoers a day.
In 2002, Greiner grilled about 20 boneless legs of lamb, which weigh about seven pounds each. He also grilled quarter-pound lamb burgers, lamb chops on the stick and lamb kabobs. He said the secret to cooking lamb is to grill it.
“Lamb preparation is pretty important and works best on the grill,” he said.
In 2012, the eighth annual Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival was dedicated to Greiner in honor of all he did for the sheep industry. The festival took place June 9-10. Greiner died just days later on June 26, 2012.
For more information on the open sheep show, contact Fletcher Flynn at 319-330-2385, Corey Happel at 319-240-4560 or at http://www.heartlandyouthshowlambcircuit.com/shows.html.
Fletcher said the proceeds of the event will go to the prizes and payouts.