Andrew Weist and the husband and wife team of Robert and Judith Muller are the recipients of the 2006 “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture” Award. The award is given annually by the Wayne County Historical Society’s J. B. Park Farm Museum Committee, which seeks to promote agriculture in the county by recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions.
Dave Williams, committee member and well-known local agriculture advocate and radio personality, presented the awards on Friday, August 4, 2006, at the farm museum at the Wayne County Fair and unveiled a display featuring the many accomplishments of the recipients.
Committee Chair Linda Dix Lee said at the event, “Farm families have always been an important part of Wayne County’s tradition. These solid, hard-working families were the core that formed our county fair, 4-H clubs, granges, schools and churches. The tradition continues to this day through the efforts of people like Andrew Weist and Robert and Judith Muller. They represent Wayne County’s finest.” Mrs. Lee grew up on a Wayne County farm and is a popular member of the Wayne County Historical Society Speakers’ Bureau, speaking on the topic “A Farmer’s Growing up in Rural Wayne County.”
Bob and Judy Muller of the Cold Spring area specialize in working with young people. With Judy now in her 34th year and Bob in his 39th as leaders of the Cold Spring/Rileyville 4-H Club, they have a combined total of 73 years of serving the youth of Wayne County. Now in their seventies, they are the county’s oldest and longest-serving 4-H leaders. Two daughters and two granddaughters are also 4-H leaders. Judy has served 30 years as an Associate Director of the Wayne County Fair Board and 30-plus years as the clerk at 4-H dairy shows. Bob has served on the Wayne County Extension Board for 34 years. They both have years of service to the Wayne County Junior Livestock Sale. In 1996, they were honored with a Community Achievement Award from the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, Penn State awarded them the Salute to Excellence Award for 4-H leaders.
Andy Weist lives in Paupack and operates a dairy farm outside of Honesdale. Like all of the recipients of this award, Andy has reached out to the community to promote the cause of preserving agriculture in Wayne County. He serves as an assistant 4-H leader and is a Director and President of the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair. He also volunteers at the Wayne County Fair. Andy was instrumental in the formation of the Southern Wayne Junior Livestock Sale eleven years ago. In addition, he finds the time to be a volunteer fireman and drive a school bus.