Sully County Fair Board President congratulates this year’s Friend of Fair, Rolly Kemink, pictured with his wife Colette.

During the recognition program that opened the Catfish Stamped Rodeo Friday evening, Rolly Kemink was announced as the 2022 Friend of the Fair and those who have served and continue to serve on the Sully County Fair Board were honored as Past Fair Board Members.

FRIEND OF THE FAIR

Reverend (Chaplain) Roland E Kemink was born in Madison, SD and graduated high school from Lincoln HS in Sioux Falls. He was raised in a family who was active in their Presbyterian Church and taught community volunteerism. He lettered in three sports in high school and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Rolly spent 23 years in the military serving first as an Air Force trained Combat Engineer Site Developer, then in the 114th Air National Guard, and finally as an Army National Guard Chaplain.

While at South Dakota State University you could usually find him traveling with folk groups as a guitarist and baritone singer, or working at the Campus Ministry helping repair and build an addition to the center. Much of his summers were spent working/volunteering at various Church Camps. He continued that work while completing advanced degrees at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary where he volunteered as a Family Therapy worker at Hill Crest Family Counseling Center.

Rev Kemink has been well known for leading many mission recovery groups to disaster areas after hurricanes and other natural disasters putting to use his construction organizational skills learned in early life and as a Site Developer.

Pastor Kemink and his wife Colette moved to Onida in 1984, and they both have been active volunteers within the community. Colette’s background and degree in Home Economics Extension has helped support our fair and has been a judge many times over the years. With Colette’s support Rev. Kemink has served on the fair board for more than a few years.

For the Kemink’s working together on the fair, rodeo grounds, and many other volunteer projects has been a focus of family life. For years their children (Katie, Zachary and Caleb) helped mowing, painting, cleaning up, and even setting up and tearing down the inflatable midway.