Our Behind the Scenes Team

Through the dedication of our 25 member, all-volunteer, Fair Board the Brown County Fair grows and improves each year. Our board meets monthly as a large group and additionally within the committees they serve on to make each year better than the one before. As a result of our Fair Board's efforts, the Brown County Fair is a major source of entertainment for our area and a social event thousands of families across northeast South Dakota look forward to each year.


If you're interested in joining our fair board please complete our application to get started. Upon review, you'll be invited to meet with us to review board expectations and responsibilities and then your application will be presented to the Brown County Commission for approval.


Derek Ricci, Fair Manager
Sonje Oban, Camping Coordinator
McKenzie Bierman, Vendor Coordinator


Tom Paepke, TP Farms

Dawn Breedlove, Department of Interior
Home Arts Committee Co-Chair

Clint Sombke, Conde Community

Heather Fettig, Quality Quick Print
Friends of the Fair Committee Co-Chair

Karen Treeby, Arrowhead Ranch
Rodeo Committee Co-Chair

Randy Mages, Mages Chiropractic

Sarah Schumacher, Dacotah Bank

Stephanie Mages, Plains Commerce Bank

Suzanne Moen, Midstates Printing
Friends of the Fair Committee Co-Chair

1st Vice President
Kody Schochenmaier, Co-op Architecture
Entertainment Committee Co-Chair

Brown County Commissioner Rep
Duane Sutton, Millstone Restaurant

Don Ganje Jr, Dahme Construction
Grandstands Committee Chair

Jayson Tollefson, Menards
Camping Committee Co-Chair

Kristie Erickson, Aberdeen Community
By-Laws Committee Chair

Rick Pigors, Ferney Co-op
Carnival & Vendors Committee Chair

Shelly Eisenbeisz, Northern State University
Home Arts Committee Co-Chair

Tom Miller, Aberdeen Community

2nd Vice President
Kristen Gonsoir, Groton Public Schools
Livestock Committee Chair

Brown County Commissioner Rep
Rachel Kippley, Kippley Group

Greg Markley, Geffdog
Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair

Jeff Malsam, Agtegra

Mike Russell, Lamont Companies
Special Events Committee Co-Chair

Ryan Swenson, Aberdeen Community
Rodeo Committee Co-Chair

Stacy Sprengeler, Massage Therapy
Special Events Committee Co-Chair