Volunteers plan to establish gazebo, memorial garden at fairgrounds
In honor of 4-H members of the past, efforts are under way to provide a memorial garden and gazebo at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
"It's a way to pay tribute to those people who were involved in the success of the 4-H program," Basehor 4-H volunteer Lana Wiehe said. "The 4-H club is like a huge family. It will also add a pretty area to the fair grounds."
Organizers also plan to honor those businesses that have been instrumental in the 4-H club.
During the fair, there will be a display with information about the memorial, and fairgoers will have a chance to nominate 4-H members to be honored in the memorial.
The Leavenworth County Fair Board has already donated 25 square feet of land at the fairgrounds for the project.
The memorial garden will be built first and the gazebo will follow. The gazebo will take more work to complete, Wiehe said.
Organizers approximate the cost of the gazebo at $1,200.
"We are just hoping that other clubs will join in by making contributions," Wiehe said. "We are not going to be able to it on our own so we need some help."
The memorial garden will have plants, bushes, benches and honorary plaques commemorating past members.
The Basehor 4-H club has sent out invitations to other clubs asking them to join the project. Wiehe said she hopes every club in the county will take care of the maintenance of the memorial for at least one month a year.
The idea for the memorial came from Basehor 4-H members who wanted to do something to honor longtime club members who had died in the past several years.
After the deaths of some prominent 4-H members, Wiehe said building a picnic table in honor of them was discussed.
The idea grew from there and soon the memorial garden and gazebo idea was proposed, Wiehe said.
"A picnic table is not enough," Wiehe said. "There needs to be some place to remember these people who had such a tremendous impact on the community."