MOUNT VERNON — The annual Knox County Sheep Improvement Dinner was a full event Monday night at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church including a lamb dinner, election of a new committee director, a speaker and introduction of the 2013 Sheep and Lamb Ambassador.
Knox County Sheep Association president Dennis Shinaberry introduced the Service award noting that the award is given to a person who has admirably served the association or the sheep industry in general.
The 2013 Service Award recipient was Joe Brown. He grew up raising sheep on his grandfather’s Pleisades Farm and continued lambing while majoring in agricultural education at The Ohio State University. Brown was the 4-H and agriculture agent in Belmont County for 10 years before coming to Knox County.
He organized educational programs from 1970 to 1989 and retired as the Ag Extension agent to Knox County. He also judged sheep shows in at least eight counties in southeastern Ohio.
Brown was unable to attend the event because he winters in Florida. Accepting the award on his behalf was committee director Dick Sechrist.
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