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Dan Kunnemann retires from Chase County Fair Board PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 January 2012 15:31

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


After 26 years, Dan Kunnemann has decided to retire from the Chase County Fair Board. His resignation was effective Jan. 1, but he is still treasurer until today (Thursday) when the board elects new officers.


Kunnemann, 57, decided to retire because his business, DSK Irrigation, is taking more of his time. “I need to slow down,” he laughed. In addition, “I see the younger generation moving in with new ideas. I think they’ll be great.”

Kunnemann enjoyed serving on the board. Retiring was a difficult decision to make.

He was first appointed in 1985, the centennial year, to replace the late Ed Burke.

Kunnemann served as president from 1986-96, and then became treasurer in 1996 to the present.

Entertainment was Kunnemann’s area of interest, although he said his biggest achievement was “putting a smile on their faces, people having a good time.”

Through the Don Romeo company of Omaha, Kunnemann helped book bands for the Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Varying over the years, the fair board has offered country and/or rock music.

Kunnemann liked to “break it up,” as country and rock “attract totally different crowds. It’s worked very good, the two together.”

At times country bands played both nights, but Kunnemann said then people seemed to chose only one night to attend.

Bringing in classical or contemporary rock afforded people the opportunity to attend a country show one night and a rock show the other, he pointed out.

Kunnemann commended the Don Romeo organization, a family business, for obtaining acts that are emerging as popular.

“We’ve had a pretty good percentage grabbing newcomers,” he noted, such as Gretchen Wilson several years ago and The Band Perry last summer.

“The Band Perry today is worth about three times as much as what we paid them last summer,” Kunnemann said. That’s what they (Don Romeo) are there for.”

While Kunnemann will no longer serve the Chase County Fair Board, he is still treasurer of the State Fair Board. His seat will be up for re-election the end of this month.

If Kunnemann is re-elected, he will serve his last three-year term. He has been on the board for six years, and nine years is the longest he may serve.

Kunnemann has enjoyed the interaction with fair business people, including those involved in other counties. As director of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers, he “made a lot of dear friends statewide and nationally. It’s being part of the fair family. I just enjoy the fair people.”

Involved in 4-H and FFA as a youth, Kunnemann said “It’s been a pleasure to be on the fair board. When you look at who all’s been on it, it’s special. It gets in your blood pretty hard.”

Appointed by the county commissioners to replace Kunnemann on the Fair Board for District No. 3 is Chris Krausnick, Kunnemann’s associate board member. They approved the appointment at their Jan. 10 meeting. Kunnemann said the reason the board created the associate board members was to have someone in place to replace retiring board members — someone who has had training and is knowledgeable about current issues.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 15:33