GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley 4-H Council was awarded money from the Vernon Bos estate approximately eight years ago.
That money, according to Patsey Wiersma of the council, was set aside for 4-H projects. "We just never had something come up where the money was needed," she said.
She is now stepping down from her position as the council's president, but not before the funds will be put to use.
The council, said Wiersma, elected to use the funds to have two signs designed for the swine barns at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds in Grandview.
The signs were designed by the Sunnyside High School Fusion class and each of them are dedicated in the memory of Bos.
The signs will be hung this coming August when the fair and rodeo kicks off.
In addition, the two large signs will be given to Bos' two sons, David and Glenn, if the fair and rodeo is ever shuttered. Small garden signs were also designed for the widow of Mr. Bos, Carol, and the couple's daughter, Sherry.
Of interest, noted Wiersma, was the fact that one of Bos' grandsons, Jacob, worked closely with those on the project. He helped fabricate the signs meant to memorialize his late grandfather.
The remaining funds, Wiersma shared, will benefit the swine sale at this year's Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.
She is proud of the results of the project, and feels the students in Mr. Tom Dolan's welding class did a great job on the signs.
Wiersma also used some of the funding to provide the welding students with cakes and paper products.