Sunol's Jessica Crawford was absolutely beaming
with joy when she received the award for Grand Champion Hereford
Heifer at the Alameda County Fair's last weekend. Jessica also
took home awards for first place breeding showmanship, champion
pen of three and 4-H Grand Champion Market Steer.
The prize winning heifer was purchased by a fellow Sunolian,
Nancy Farber, who is CEO of Washington Hospital and has been
supporting Sunol 4-H for many years. Jessica was also most honored
to win the Sage Gilbert Memorial Scholarship. Sage Gilbert was
an ambassador to the youth in the beef community and the award
is provided by his mother Patsy in his memory. Jessica's mother
Donna said that when Jessica was about nine or ten years old,
Patsy sat down, put her arm around her and said "you just
keep coming back every year and keep doing what you do and soon
it will be your turn". Donna said, of Jessica's win, "So
now we say yes it is your turn" and she added "That
is great advice for every young exhibitor".
Proud parents, Scott and Donna Crawford, little sis, Bonnie
and aunts, Holly Chesley and Twila Halter were all watching
as Jessica led the heifer to the auction. Twila and her husband
George traveled all the way from Burney for the big event. Donna,
and her sisters including another older sister, Cindy Kerlin
and brothers John and Jim Glass were all raised in Sunol by
their father Don Glass and their late mother, Yvonne. Don still
resides in Sunol as does John Glass, his wife Carolyn and son
"Not a blister in four years" proclaimed Carolyn
Glass, when asked about her Walk for Breast Cancer event over
the weekend of July 9-10. Carolyn stated that the organization
had approximately 1,900 walkers and raised over 4.3 million
dollars. She walked approximately 20 miles and exceeded her
personal goal of $3,500 by raising a grand total of $4,144.
Carolyn said, "The whole weekend was very inspiring, very
emotional and very moving. It was just an excellent weekend
as it always is. Thank you to all my sponsors who helped me
exceed my goal of $3,500."
Look for Carolyn in training next spring because she has already
registered to walk again, her fifth, next year.
The Alameda County Fair Board of Directors presented Tim Koopmann
with the special Duke DePaoli Award last Sunday. Tim said that
"Duke had lots of admiration in the agriculture community.
He was a leader in the community, helping the youth and putting
in many years of service with the Junior Livestock. He strongly
supported the livestock and helped young people with agriculture
but never wanted the attention so after he passed away a group
of his friends wanted to give a memorial award in his honor".
A surprised Tim was joined on stage by his wife, Melinda and
his children Clayton and Cari. Tim has been involved with livestock
and agriculture at the county fair for forty-two years. He started
back in 1962 as an exhibitor, and then he became an employee
and then a board member.
"I was a little surprised and a little teary eyed. I have
a great love of the fair; we all grew up there, with our parents
being involved and now our kids. It means a lot."
In fact Cari won several awards herself at the county fair for
champion Hereford bull, reserve supreme champion bull, Dale
Carithers premium FFA beef exhibitor award, Berlogar premier
beef exhibitor award and many, many more. Clayton won awards
for reserve champion of commercial pen of heifer and reserve
champion of commercial pen of steers.