Gateway Supports 4-H at the Belmont County Fair

Posted June 17, 2015

Brianna Leach has been raising 4-H animals to be shown and sold at fairs since she was eight years old. With the help of her sister and close friends, Brianna learned a lot about animals growing up. Raising and showing 4-H animals is a tradition in Brianna’s family, and has allowed her to keep the legacy of her father alive.

The 4-H tradition goes beyond the Leach family and expands all across Eastern Ohio. The organization brings kids together throughout the state and teaches them important life lessons, such as leadership and hard work.

“My favorite thing about raising and showing animals is getting to go to the fair and showing them in the ring and then being rewarded for the work I put in through the summer,” says Brianna.

The Barnesville native is currently an officer in her local 4-H chapter and says her position has taught her responsibility and leadership. She also says that here in Ohio it’s custom for kids to learn sportsmanship through showing their 4-H animals at the fairs.

In 2014, Gateway Royalty purchased Brianna’s Grand Champion Market Hog and Market Lamb at the Belmont County Fair. Brianna says she has saved the money she made and will put it towards her college education.

“When Gateway Royalty purchases animals it helps those 4-H members to be able to pursue their dreams and live better lives,” said Brianna.

After high school Brianna plans to attend a four-year college and study engineering, which will hopefully be at her dream school Notre Dame.

Just like Brianna’s Grand Champion Market Hog, Gateway has purchased many other 4-H animals at county fairs throughout Eastern Ohio.

“4-H is a tradition in Eastern Ohio,” says Gateway Royalty President Chris Oldham. “We’re proud to support these kids and help Ohioans live better lives.”

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