N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame inducts three new members

by | Oct 17, 2011

Kenneth E. Vaughn Dr. John C. Wilk Joyce Wilson
General Supporters General Supporters Horses

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted three longtime livestock supporters into the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame Sunday, Oct. 16, at the State Fairgrounds. Inductees were Kenneth E. Vaughn of Statesville, Dr. John C. Wilk of Raleigh and Joyce Wilson of Zebulon.

Vaughn was inducted posthumously into the general supporter category for his work in support of the livestock shows. Vaughn was heavily involved with the State Fair dairy shows for more than 30 years, and served as dairy superintendent from 1996 to 2010. In 1975, he was appointed county director of the Iredell County Cooperative Extension and held the position until his death in June. His wife, Bertie, accepted the award on his behalf.

Wilk also was inducted into the general supporter category. Wilk is a professor emeritus in the Animal Science Department at N.C. State University, where he has taught since 1967. He served as an adviser to the Animal Science Club at NCSU, coached the collegiate judging team and also provided Jersey cows for competition.

Wilson was inducted into the horse category for her work with the N.C. State Fair horse shows. Wilson first worked with the horse shows in 1982, and has since served as both assistant horse show secretary and head horse show secretary. She is the current manager for the all-breed horse shows. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Wilson also volunteers with local 4-H students to prepare them and their horses for competition.

Each inductee received a plaque and pin, and will have their photographs hung with previous honorees in the Livestock Hall of Fame Room in the Jim Graham Building.