New face at this year’s fair

Michelle Balleck

Moffat County’s Colorado State University Extension Office has a new 4-H agent for this year’s fair.

Jennifer Duncan filled the position May 2 and is excited, and a little nervous, for her first fair here.

“I just hope everything goes smoothly,” she said.

The Routt County native was involved in 4-H growing up and returned after earning an agricultural business degree at Colorado State University. She served as the Routt County agricultural administrative assistant before coming to Craig.

“I really enjoy 4-H,” Duncan said. “I knew I’d always be involved in it. I just didn’t know to what extent. The field work is the same. It’s just taking on the responsibility.”

In her position, she works closely with 4-H youths and advisers to make sure the program is run according to CSU standards. She also works with extension director Elisa Shackelton.

Duncan said she is delighted to be in Craig.

“As soon as I got this job, I moved here,” Duncan said. “I moved to Moffat County and purchased property, so I will be a long-term resident.”

Eventually, Duncan wants to own her own business to satisfy the entrepreneur in her. But for now, she’s happy working one-on-one with the program’s participants and making 4-H successful.

She hopes to sign up more members during the fall recruitment process and to increase the involvement of community members in the program.

“The leadership skills the 4-H kids learn is one of the best things 4-H has to offer,” she said. “The opportunity they have in the future by being in 4-H is tremendous.”

For more information about the program, call the extension office at 824-9180.

Michelle Perry may be reached at 824-7031 or

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