Longtime Oakland County Farm Bureau member LC Scramlin will be inducted into the national 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 11 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. One of the highest honors bestowed on members of the 4-H community, Scramlin will receive the recognition as a former Michigan 4-H member and volunteer, and a current 4-H partner, supporter and advocate. The Holly-area farmer has served his club, community, country and world for nearly five decades.
“We are so fortunate to have LC Scramlin as a member of our 4-H community,” said Jake DeDecker, state 4-H leader for Michigan with Michigan State University Extension. “His contributions to the 4-H program are immeasurable and we’re proud to not only call him a 4-H supporter, but also a product of our program.”
From the start, Scramlin was destined to be an Oakland County 4-H’er, born to a family where both his parents and grandparents served as 4-H leaders. A participant in the 4-H dairy program, Scramlin served as president of the Oakhill 4-H Club; was a state award winner in agriculture; and participated in National 4-H Club Congress and 4-H Citizenship Short Course.
While president of the Oakland County 4-H Service Club in 1967, Scramlin built a food stand trailer that brought in $6,000 annually in food sales to support the local 4-H program.
After 10 years of participation, Scramlin aged out of the youth program but continued to be involved as a 4-H volunteer. When the Oakland County Fair needed a new livestock building in 1986, Scramlin accepted the challenge. In just 11 months, he raised $62,000 as the chair of the Livestock Challenge and with the help of 31 4-H volunteers, the 4-H barn was built.
From there, Scramlin’s commitment to the Oakland County Fair only grew. He served as fair president for 19 years and fair manager for 13. Under his leadership the fair grew its number of exhibitors and attendees and made substantial improvements to the grounds. Among Scramlin’s most impressive contributions to the Oakland County Fair was helping to secure the largest federal historical grant in Michigan, $675,000, to renovate the historic Ellis Barn.
Beyond the Oakland County Fair, Scramlin’s impact is felt by many in the state 4-H and agricultural community. After the Michigan State Fair closed in 2009, Scramlin and others went to work creating a new state fair experience that would allow 4-H youth and others to continue exhibiting at the state level.
In 2012, a new Michigan State Fair was launched as a private LLC, giving a new generation of 4-H’ers the chance to live their dreams at the state fair. Since its launch, the event has grown immensely and now boasts more than 150,000 visitors each year while awarding $40,000 annually in agriculture scholarships to deserving youth participants.
In his addition to county and state 4-H work, Scramlin and his wife Jackie operate Scramlin Southdown Sheep Farm, where they raise lambs and conduct sheep shearing demonstrations for local 4-H’ers. Scramlin also serves as chair of the MSU Extension Committee on 4-H Fairs as a member of the Michigan Association of Fairs and Expositions Board of Directors.
For his lifetime commitment to 4-H, Scramlin will join the ranks of other notable members of the 4-H community in the National 4-H Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates 4-H volunteers, faculty and staff, pioneers, donors and others who have made a significant impact on 4-H at the local, state and/or national levels. The Hall of Fame is a joint initiative of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at the United States Department of Agriculture.
“We are thrilled to have LC recognized at the national level for all he has done for 4-H in our state,” remarked DeDecker. “It’s a well-deserved honor.”
Visit the National 4-H Hall of Fame website for more information about previous inductees. To learn more about Michigan 4-H, visit the Michigan 4-H website.
Scramlin’s involvement in Farm Bureau is nearly as extensive as his 4-H resume. After his service on MFB’s state-level Young Farmer committee, he served as president of Oakland County Farm Bureau for several terms in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then he’s been involved in county-level programs including Promotion and Education, state and national affairs, information, candidate evaluation, Farmers CARE and policy development. Currently he co-chairs Oakland’s Local History Team.
The next generation of Scramlins are continuing their dad’s legacy. LC’s son Matt Scramlin is following in dad’s footsteps as Oakland County Farm Bureau president. He also previously served on staff at both Michigan Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. LC’s nephew Jason Scramlin is on MFB’s staff as a field training specialist in the Field Operations division.