HARRISBURG, Pa. — Debby Griffith of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, today received the Image Award at the 56th All-American Dairy Show, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
The Image Award is presented annually to an individual who has enhanced the image of the All-American Dairy Show with significant contributions to its reputation, prestige and welfare.
“Debby has been a dedicated behind-the-scenes All-American advocate for nearly two decades,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The success of the show has been dependent on her steady hand and willingness to pitch in wherever needed. She is the exact volunteer this award seeks to honor.”
Griffith became involved with the All-American Dairy Show 17 years ago when her daughter Nichole, a former Farm Show livestock office summer intern and employee, asked her to help. Since then she became the face of the show’s information booth each evening, helping exhibitors with requests. She also provided meals for the livestock office staff and snacks for the many volunteers, picked up and delivered show signs and materials, entered and verified show results, gathered information for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration, and helped coordinate wine and cheese events.
Most recently, Griffith has assumed the All-American bookkeeping responsibilities that include preparing financial reports for the board of directors, balancing bank statements, writing and mailing exhibitor premium checks, and even writing thank you notes on behalf of the show.
“To be considered and honored this way brings me to tears,” she said, surprised at the honor.
Griffith and her husband Rod recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Daughter Nicole and her husband Bill Leib, and grandson Wyatt live in Oklahoma. Son Eric, also a former All-American livestock office show employee, lives in Virginia. She spends her free time traveling to see family, and sharing her two therapy dogs with the local community.
Previous Image Award recipients are Alan McCauley, DVM, of Mount Cory, Ohio, 2018; Barbara Ziemba of Weedsport, New York, 2017; Judy Black of Sinking Valley, Blair County, 2016; Ed Pruss, of Lake Ariel, Wayne County, 2015; Gary Hennip of Rome, Bradford County, 2014; Denise Whiting of Slippery Rock, Butler County, and Steve Cornman of Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, 2013; Duane and Donna Duncan of Carlisle, Cumberland County, 2011; David Swartz of Loysville, Perry County, 2010; Harry Thompson and Kathy Walton, 2009; Dave Smith, 2008; Ken Raney, 2007; David Dunbar, 2006; Janet Harding, 2005; Eugene and Carol Schurman, 2004; John Harris, 2003; Sam Hayes, 2002; Rita Kennedy, 2001; Robert Rugaber, 2000; Don Ace, 1999; Elsie Wolff, 1998; Obie Snider, 1997; Larry Specht, 1996; John Morris, 1995; Steve Spencer, 1994; Lee Yost and John Walker, 1993.
–Shannon Powers, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture