CSF Award Winners
Blue Ribbon Award Winner: Olie Keehner
For over 20 years, Olie Keehner has volunteered for the Central States Fair and the Black Hills Stock Show®. Olie volunteers on a number of event committees including the Ranch Days Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trials, Pioneer Breakfast, Ranch Rodeos, Broncs for Breakfast and the past Match Bronc Ride.
Olie has the reputation of “alway willing to help.” As a Range Days Rodeo Committee member, Olie has worked throughout the night to set the Range Days Rodeo arena for the performance after many
jam-packed concerts. The Ranch Days Rodeo Committee is the most physically demanding committee due to the labor of handling livestock and equipment.
The Blue Ribbon Award is awarded to an individual volunteer who has exceeded expectations and goes up-and-over for the benefit of the organization. Throughout the year, the Central States Fair, Inc has over 200 volunteers that donate their time and energy to the organizations on different committees. The Black Hills Stock Show® and the Central States Fair would not be as successful without the support from volunteers in the community, the states and across the region.
Fine Arts Superintendent recognized as Superintendent of the Year
Brenda Rud, Fine Arts Superintendent
The Central States Fair Open Class Divisions are an opportunity for the community to showcase their talents in the craft and culinary fields. Entrants can participate for premium money and prizes in 22 different divisions ranging from fine arts, quilting, scrapbooking, horticulture, culinary and more. The Central States Fair awards over $8,000 in premium money to those that exhibit in the Open Class Divisions.
All Open Class divisions are managed by volunteers that ensure the exhibits are judged, displayed and offer demonstrations for people to become involved or learn more about the craft. Over 176 volunteers help to make the open class divisions possible for fairgoers to enjoy and compete.
Each year, the Central States Fair Open Class Superintendents vote for the “Superintendent of the Year.” The award highlights one individual that goes beyond to help the Open Class and better their division. The 2015 Superindent of the Year was awarded to Brenda Rud from the Fine Arts division.
Brenda is a second generation Fine Arts Superintendent. She, along with her mother and two sons, worked many hours to help organize all the divisions, she worked with the Central States Fair office to address the needs of the Open Class volunteers and assisted with calculating premium money for winners.
Kevin Phillips Honored with Hero Award
Kevin Phillips has been a voice for the Central States Fair for a number of years. The radio announcer has volunteered as a parade announcer, the demolition derby announcer and has performed on the Central States Fair free stages.. In addition, Kevin is alway a strong supporter of the Central States Fair activities on morning radio show. The Hero Award is awarded to a supporter of the Central States Fair that influences others.
–Central States Fair