Pat and Terri Kelley exemplify what the 4-H program and “giving back” are all about. Both were long-time members in the Elbert County 4-H program serving in various leadership roles both in their club and the Youth Council. Later, after returning from college, they both became involved in the program again.
Pat served as the Livestock Judging Coach, giving it a sound footing for the successful program it is today. When their kids, John and Amy, joined the program, Terri became a strong main leader for the Rattlesnake 4-H Club. Terri was an instrumental part of computerizing both the Judging Contests and the Junior Market Sale.
She spent countless hours learning and assisting in the implementation of the programs. She spent much time behind the scenes helping to educate 4-H members on record books, market sale preparation, and other projects. She also helped proof the fair book each year. She always kept in mind that the ultimate goal was the learning and growth that 4-H members would attain. For all her efforts, Terri was awarded the Colorado 4-H Alumni Leader Award.
While John and Amy were in 4-H, Pat always helped during the fair, but after their kids graduated, Terri passed the baton to Pat who joined the Fair Board where he served for over 15 years. During that time, he served as Beef Superintendent, Horse Pull Director, and as a member of the Junior Market Sale Committee. He also spent many hours behind the scenes helping with work nights on the fairgrounds, weigh-ins, swine shows, and wherever else he was needed. He continues to help at the fair with the Horse Pull, the 4-H Beef Show, and the Market Sale.
Pat works on Running Creek Ranch, another strong supporter of the Elbert County Fair and the 4-H program. Terri is employed as a teacher in the Douglas County School system. They have a daughter-in law, Diedre, and two grandsons, John’s children, Nolan and Brady. The boys love coming out to the ranch and being cowboys with their Grandpa and having Grandma spoil them. Their daughter, Amy, continues the family tradition in 4-H as an Extension Agent in Morgan County.
Pat and Terri celebrated their 40th anniversary a couple of years ago by taking a trip to Ireland. They are members of Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church in Kiowa. Both Pat and Terri continue to provide moral support and give advice (or a hug) to those who need it.