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.


Sonje Oban, Camping Coordinator
McKenzie Bierman, Vendor Coordinator


Tom Paepke, TP Farms

1st Vice President
Kristen Gonsoir, Groton Public Schools
Livestock and By-Laws Committee Chair

2nd Vice President
Suzanne Moen, Ringgenberg Electric
Friends of the Fair Committee Chair

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

Member at Large
Rick Pigors, Ferney Co-op
Carnival & Vendors and Grandstand Committee Chair

Dwight Guthmiller, Auto Value

Clint Sombke, Conde Community
Carnival & Vendors Co-Chair

Greg Markley, Retired
Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair
Grandstand Committee Co-Chair

Jeff Kippley, Kippley Angus Farms

Jeff Malsam, Agtegra

Jayson Tollefson, Menards
Camping Committee Co-Chair

Kristie Erickson, Aberdeen Community
Friends of the Fair, Livestock and By-Laws Committees Co-Chair

Melenie Sombke, Groton Community

Nancy Radke, Ken's SuperFair Foods

Mike Nehls, Groton Area Schools

Mike Russell, Lamont Companies
Buildings & Grounds and Rodeo Committees Co-Chair

Randy Mages, Mages Chiropractic
Home Arts Co-Chair

Ryan Swenson, Aberdeen Community
Camping and Rodeo Committees Chair

Shelly Eisenbeisz, Avera
Special Events Committee Chair

Stephanie Mages, Plains Commerce Bank
Special Events Committee Co-Chair

Tom Miller, Aberdeen Community


Brown County Commissioner Rep
Duane Sutton, Millstone Restaurant

Brown County Commissioner Rep
Dennis Feickert, Feickert Family Farm

SDSU Youth Program Advisor for Brown County Becca Tullar

Brown County Fairgrounds Superintendent Kurt Smith