Marty’s first experience at the Chelan County Fair was entering chickens at the age of six and by the age of nine he was showing livestock. He showed both in 4-H and FFA and was a nine-year showman which doesn’t happen very often. Lorrie married into 4-H and the fair. Her first experience at livestock was coming home early from their honeymoon to butcher chickens with the entire Cochran family, what a woman. Having grown up in Wenatchee, livestock was very far removed from her background. Being the person she is she jumped in with both feet, this resulting in her being a 4-H leader for 32 years, with numerous years on the 4-H Leaders Council, 20 + years as the 4-H livestock program leader for the fair.
Marty and Lorrie are a team, he served 30 years as a 4-H leader, 17 years on the Chelan County Fair Board. He is currently member of the Manson FFA Alumni Association which supports Manson FFA members.
Both of them have been involved with the Chelan Manson Youth Fair Fund that provides livestock support for Chelan and Manson 4-H and FFA members who sell their livestock at the Chelan County and the NCW Fair.
They had always stressed to their 4-H members that 4-H is so much more than selling and showing an animal, it is public speaking, record keeping and most importantly giving of oneself to their community.
There has been a Cochran member on the Chelan County Fair Board for 50 years. We want to thank Marty’s dad and my father in law for leading by example.