Dalenberg, who has been board president nine years, is this year’s recipient of the Phil Hummel Memorial Award.
“It’s really nice to be honored,” he said. “It’s humbling that your peers recognize you for what you do.”
Dalenberg said his two sons exhibited livestock when they were younger, and his wife, Nancy, volunteers, as well. She is principal at the junior/senior high school in Chrisman. The family lives in rural Indianola; the grown sons are involved in agriculture.
This year’s fair booklet describes Dalenberg as “a true believer in American agriculture” and a master craftsman in his career as a farm owner-operator.
“He is a farmer who performs on the cutting edge of technology, while at the same time serving as a steward of the land through his adherence to the principles of soil conservation and preservation of the natural resources of the land.”
The award was given to Dalenberg for his abilities, leadership and goal-driven nature, as well as his skills as an intelligent, progressive farmer and his family’s community involvement.
No additions or changes have been made to the fair this year, Dalenberg said. The emphasis is still on livestock, as it has been throughout history.
There was a rodeo several years ago, but it was discontinued due to low attendance, he said, and motocross was added.
Two of the more popular events started in the 1960s — the queen contest in 1960 and the first demolition derby in 1969.
Entertainment and attractions were mainstays of the 1970s and ‘80s. The fair brought solid talent who were early in their careers, including Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis. In 1990, the biggest future star to appear in Georgetown was Garth Brooks. The purchase of a sound system set the stage for annual savings.