Baugh improves Putnam County Fairgrounds while earning Girl Scouts Gold Award

Monday, July 27, 2020
A Putnam County 4-H’er and a Girl Scout for the last 10 years, Gayle Baugh shows off one of the 19 tables she donated to help improve the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
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Putnam County Girl Scout Ambassador Gayle Baugh has been both a Girl Scout and a 4-H’er for the last 10 years. She has earned many awards in 4-H and has earned many badges in Girl Scouts.

But it was the top award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, that encouraged her to look for a worthy project that would help her community.

Last summer, as a member of the Fair Board, Gayle listened to discussions about items the board could use to better the Putnam County fairgrounds. She immediately knew that the fair could use a “Community Connections” area that would include donated picnic tables, games and lights and would be placed conveniently by the stage so that people could have seating and enjoy some time together.

After she received Fair Board approval, she went straight to work getting table sponsorships.

Gathering 19 sponsors, Baugh purchased the supplies and began working. She even had a great build day with the help of several local 4-H and FFA kids.

Even though COVID has changed how the 4-H fair was run in 2020, the tables remained a great help to 4-H families and volunteers during fair week.

The tables were available by the barns so families showing from their trailers and needing a break could have a nice shaded place to relax, eat and visit — socially distanced of course.

Next year Baugh plans to be able to fully finish her original plan when 4-H returns to normal.

Baugh and her family would like to thank all those who sponsored a table: Endeavor Communications, The Grable Family, Greencastle Rotary Club, Kuddles Kennels, RPB’s and Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs, Vince and Shelby Aquirre, North Putnam FFA, Cloverdale FFA, the Romalia family, Girl Scout troop 2276, the family of Charlie Tomaw, Wabash Capital, the family of Diana Regnier, Hickory Creek at Sunset, the family of Captain Jim Baugh, Putnam County Girl Scouts, the Greencastle Masonic Lodge and Guardian Firearms Academy.

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  • What a great project! So many fair goers will enjoy these for years to come! Congrats on your Gold Award!

    Just more examples of our local youth. Future leaders in

    our community!

    -- Posted by mamawjane1951 on Mon, Jul 27, 2020, at 2:58 PM
  • Wow! What a fantastic idea for a GS Gold project! Congratulations! Girl Scouts get the job done!

    -- Posted by Moretothestory on Mon, Jul 27, 2020, at 4:34 PM
  • Great job young lady!! I'm sure it didn't turn out exactly like you hoped but what a great help it was to those at the fair this year. Best of luck finishing your original plan next year.

    -- Posted by concernedcitizen3 on Mon, Jul 27, 2020, at 6:50 PM
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