2021 Grand Marchals - Karl & Karen Jernstedt
Karl and Karen Jernstedt have been in Coos County since 1990. Both are very active with the Coos County Fair. Dr. Karl has volunteered for the livestock and horse check-in since 1990, when he was asked by Dr. Phil Morgan. Yes, he is the one that wears the big hat and asks the young Stockman questions about the Vaccinating and deworming of their projects. Karen is the Beef Leader in the Twin Oaks 4-H Club and the curator of the ever popular Coos County Fair Birthing Barn, which started in 2007. Karen has facilitated the birthing of calves, lambs, goats, ducks and chickens, all being hatched or born during the fair week. The birthing barn is a star attraction for young and old alike. The animals featured in the Birthing Barn are all on loan and return to their homes after fair. The goal of the Birthing Barn is to bring people closer to Agriculture. Karen is constantly striving to get the local producers to participate with displays and/or sit back in the lazy boy recliner, to participate as a “Ask the Farmer.”
Karl & Karen reside near Broadbent on a small farm. Like many areas near the Coquille River, their fields flood each year, but then need irrigating for the second and third hay crops. Dr. Karl owns and operates the Morgan Veterinary Hospital in Coos Bay and cares for all species of animals. They run approximately 40 mixed breed cow calf pairs and about 50 head of Hampshire Sheep. Yes, there are more pastures leased elsewhere, since this many animals require proper field rotation!
Both Karl and Karen participated in 4H and FFA in their youth. Karl started in the Canby area and later in the Spokane area, he earned the National Farmer Degree in FFA. He also competed at the National Level with Livestock Judging. Karen was raised in Winston on a sheep farm and at one point, held the Charter President with Douglas FFA. The two met at Linn-Benton Community College on the livestock judging team. Their three children; Erin, Ben and Clark, have all participated in 4-H and FFA. The family actually moved from Coos Bay to Myrtle Point, so the family could be involved in the FFA program.
Participating and volunteering with agriculture based youth programs is a family affair. During the course of the year, the Jernstedts enjoy helping with the various livestock committees, the fair board and FFA programs. All of these efforts always lead up to the grand finale, which is the Coos County Fair.