Otis J. Stelly Sr.
Year Inducted: 2010
Otis J. Stelly Sr., affectionately known as “Big O” to many youth and adults in Vermilion Parish, served as a volunteer, leader, buyer and 4-H Foundation Board member for 25 years during 1974-1999. He played a major role in establishing the first Vermillion Parish 4-H Livestock Show in 1973. He also expanded the 4-H swine project by beginning a swine-breeding program to supply locally bred pigs to club members. “Mr. O” conducted 4-H clinics and workshops at his farm and always gave away one pig as a door prize to a participant. In 1996, he was named Master Pork Producer by the Louisiana Pork Producers. Mr. Stelly was a leader for the annual 4-H Trail Ride and served as trail boss one year. He also donated his time and resources to provide horse rides for special needs children and served as a youth league baseball coach for more than 30 years. In memory of Mr. Otis J. Stelly Sr., a memorial trophy is awarded on a rotating basis to the exhibitor who wins for having the Grand Champion Swine at the parish 4-H livestock show.
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