51st Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Style Show – Oct. 10-11

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Sharon Guthmiller, Rapid City, S.D., and Sundance State Bank, Sundance, Wyo., will be honored on Saturday, October 11, as the honorees at the 2014, 51st Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Style Show and Awards program at 3 p.m. at the Walter Taylor Building on the Central States Fairgrounds. The public is invited to a tea reception prior to the event.

The 51st Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Show will be held October 10-11 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests that 4-Hers, non 4-H youth, and adults may participate in. The contests begin on Friday with Bread Baking at 9 a.m. with other contests beginning at 2:30 p.m., and contests will continue from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors are welcome to view the contests. The Saturday contests are followed by the public fashion show and awards presentation.. The 2013 Show was cancelled due to the October blizzard. A full schedule is available on Facebook and at your local Extension Office.

The Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Show features contests for developing life skills. New participants are encouraged and you do not need to preregister. Contestants may come from outside the state of South Dakota and may enter as many contests as they wish but in only one category depending on age. Board members and volunteers are available to assist you if you are a newcomer to the show. The public may view the contests and exhibits at the Walter Taylor Building.

The contests are bread baking, meat identification, family life photo / scrapbook pages, home living, place setting, fashion revue both sewn and purchased, public presentation, ingredient measuring, Family and Consumer Sciences judging, produce ID and judging, and Family and Consumer Sciences Skill-a Thon.

Honoree, Sharon Guthmiller began her SDSU Extension career after graduation from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. She served as Extension Home Economist both in Hutchinson, and Yankton Counties before moving to Rapid City during the summer of 2010 to become FCS Extension Educator in the Pennington County Extension Office. Sharon has her master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with emphasis on Nutrition from South Dakota State University (SDSU) and has taken post- master’s course work in Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership at Iowa State University. She retired after serving as SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist at the Rapid City Regional Extension Center. Her teaching emphasis was on food safety certification and recertification; food preservation workshops and working with food entrepreneurs at farmer’s markets. She currently is a seasonal worker at the gift shop at Mount Rushmore and still teaches the food safety certification and recertification classes for South Dakota Retailers. Sharon has two sons, Lee and Mark and a daughter-in-law Emily as well as a granddaughter born in September. The Black Hills area is home to Sharon and she enjoys all the benefits of living in this area,

Sharon has been very active on the Western 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Board since her arrival in the Black Hills and serves as coordinator of the Place Setting contests at the show.

The Sundance State Bank has a long history dating back to when John W. Rogers opened the bank in1895. Sometime between 1895 and 1905, J.G. Bush became associated with John Rogers and the bank became known as Rogers and Bush Bankers. Rogers and Bush Bankers became the Sundance State Bank when it received a corporate charter October 25, 1905. The first directors of Sundance State Bank were J. W. Rogers, J. G. Bush, A. L. Ripley, C. H. Sackett and J. L. Propst. Edwin Rounds joined the bank as cashier from 1912 until 1928. Harry P. Ilsley became a director October 15, 1921 and served as President from 1922 until his death in 1953. His family was major stockholders until they sold to the Durfees in 1989. Citizens Bank of Sundance merged with Sundance State Bank January 1, 1922. Jay Durfee became Cashier March 22, 1928. He had banking experience in Spearfish SD, Newcastle and Moorcroft WY. He was active as a director and officer until his death in 1977. His family is still major stockholders. Hulett State Bank was consolidated by agreement November 14, 1931 and American State Bank, Moorcroft by consolidation January 9, 1932. They moved into the building they presently occupy in the fall of 1979 and it was remodeled in 2012. Richard H. Durfee became President in 1977 until his untimely death January 1, 1983. Frank Blakeman became President from January 1, 1983 until he retired January 1, 1987. He started with the bank in 1946. James R. Durfee is the current president since January 1, 1987. Current Directors are James R. Durfee, Trudy M. Durfee, Dolly A. Schloredt, Dennis L. Williams and Robert E. Yemington. Sundance State Bank has been primarily an agriculture bank since its organization and donates too many organizations, school activities and community programs.