Award Year

Curt Jones, of Brentwood, Tennessee, is the founder and president of Dippin' Dots, Inc., headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky. Curt, a mircobiologist, pioneered the process of cryogenic encapsulation- a scientific way of saying he used super-cold freezing methods to make little beads of ice cream. Not only were the ice cream beads delicious and fun to eat, he knew that flash-freezing the ice cream ingredients would lock in flavor and freshness. Dippin' Dots ice cream now has a home in thousands of locations worldwide in theme parks, fairs, festivals, and franchised store locations.

Curt was a member of Grand Chain 4-H Club in Pulaski County. He has assissted with local efforts for Illinois 4-H, made donations of his company's product for various events, and given numerous tours of the Dippin' Dots plant to local 4-H groups.

Curt recognizes the leadership skills that are gained in 4-H, how members learn personal responsibility, and how the 4-H program can influence a career choice.