The 2019 Appanoose County Fair will be dedicated to David Haines, for his many years of involvement with the fair.
Haines has played a major role on the Appanoose County Fair Board as well as the Appanoose County 4-H Program. He was on the Appanoose County Fair Board from 2004-2018, serving as vice president and superintendent of the arena. Additionally, Haines serves the Appanoose County 4-H Program through many avenues, including serving as the president of the Appanoose County 4-H Foundation and doing the weighing of livestock for the Fair.
Haines' 4-H involvement and introduction to the Appanoose County Fair began when he was a member of the Exline Ramblers 4-H Club, participating in swine and beef projects. He served as his club representative on the traveling Youth Council. Volunteering with the 4-H program is a family affair, as his wife, Marketta, can be found volunteering at the Appanoose County Fair as well.
Haines is well-known to the youth of Appanoose County. Through his service, he often comes in contact with young people working on their projects and gives them constant support. He often lends an encouraging word, friendly smile and helping hand to any young person that he is around. Because of his investment, he has truly impacted the youth of Appanoose County as evidenced by the many awards and honors that he has been given.
In 2009, Haines was chosen by the Appanoose County 4-H Youth Council to receive honorary membership into the Appanoose County 4-H Program.
In 2013, the Appanoose County Youth Council elected Haines the “Fair Dad” of the year after. In 2016, Haines was inducted into the Iowa State Fair 4-H Hall of Fame.