Walt Burke Memorial Award
Walt Burke lived his life to serve with passion and joy. Walt Burke was the Overall Livestock Superintendent for the Clackamas County Fair, served as the Swine Superintendent and leader of the Sandy Prime Cuts 4-H Club. His life of service also included Cherry Park Presbyterian Church and Boy Scouts of America.
Walt was an advocate for children, whether it be a swine kid, a goat kid or a beef kid. His cheerful smile always became brighter when he was talking with kids. Walt remembered just about all of them too. Even when former 4-H’rs showed up at Fair packing their own future 4-H’rs he seemed to know them all.
He was always willing to jump in and help anyone with anything that he was capable of doing, it didn’t matter what he was doing, he would be there. If he didn’t have the skills to help someone out, one could always count on him to find someone who did.
Walt was passionate about 4H and the Clackamas County Fair. His commitment to the Fair and 4H could have been called extreme. He attended Auction Committee Meetings, Livestock Advisory Meetings and Club Meetings. His involvement didn’t stop with Fair, he attended Church Meetings and Pork Producers Meetings. His participation and experience made him the go to guy for many groups.
The Walt Burke Memorial Award has been created to honor a Clackamas County Fair participant who exhibits the traits that made Walt Burke the exceptional man he was. Key Leaders from Clackamas County 4-H Livestock Clubs and FFA Advisors are invited to complete a nomination form that will be reviewed by 2 representatives each from the Sandy Prime Cuts 4-H Club, Clackamas County 4-H Livestock Advisory and the Clackamas County Junior Livestock Auction Committee. One nomination form will be accepted per leader or advisor.
This scholarship is to help encourage the passion, kindness and commitment that Walt Burke showed all of us at the Clackamas County Fair. Click here for the application.