Sturgis couple receives huge honor for their community involvement at Meade County Fair

Myron And Vonda Andersen, courtesy of Meade County FairSTURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Fair wrapped up Saturday afternoon, with the two-day event dedicated to a local couple for their decades-long involvement in the county’s agriculture landscape.

Vonda and Myron Andersen have been a staple part of Meade County’s 4-H community for years, and are still working to make a difference.

“The fair is dedicated to her this year, but she certainly has not stopped. She continues to give and so does Myron,” Meade County Fair Board President Shelley Sedivy said. “They are just an amazing family.”

Both attended high school in Sturgis, graduating before Vonda attended Black Hills State University and Myron went to South Dakota State University.

The two met in Rapid City, with Myron having taken over his family’s ranch after his dad retired and Vonda helping establish what is now known as the Community Health Center of the Black Hills. After the two were married, they raised two children on Myron’s ranch.

“Vonda’s kids all grew up in this, and she continues to give — her and Myron. Their children were both in 4-H. They both showed beef, and were incredibly helpful in helping others,” said Sedivy. “You will notice here — I might help some of the other kids, other people are going to help my kids. And Vonda was a part of making sure that that is what our culture is.”

When the couple’s children joined the Bear Butte 4-H Club, she served as the leader for many years on top of taking on roles in Meade County’s 4-H Leaders Association and the fair board.

And in 2022, her willingness to help out has not wavered and was a valuable source of knowledge and guidance for years to come. One of the biggest and most well-known contributions the Andersens have made are the branding boards that line the walls of the entrance to the fair barn.

Made by their son, who has since aged out of local groups, the project is just one example of how they couple continues to stay active in the area.

“Just because your kids are out of the house, just because your children are in high school, you continue to give back,” Sedivy explained. “You know what is going on and that expectation of helping your community and helping your neighbors, that is what they are about and that is what helps us.”

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