Kari Rogers, Farrowing Lead for Onida site and SD Recruitment Officer for DNA Genetics; Curt Reich, Fair Board President; and Matt Rogers, Lead Officer for DNA Genetics, Onida site.

Friend of Rodeo: Preston Kleven

At a young age and with the love of the outdoors, animals and tagging along with his dad, Preston Kleven found a love for all things Sully County Fair.

He found a passion for working the back pens for rodeos and bull riding events. He can be found sorting horses and bulls for SDRA and PRCA sanctioned events and for Territorial Bull riding events. His knowledge of the animal names and numbers ensures the horses and bulls are sorted in order and headed down the alleyway to load the bucking chutes.

Preston, “kind of a big deal,” is well known amongst those who climb on the back of rodeo stock to fulfill that eight-second ride.

A lifelong resident of Sully County, Preston graduated from Sully Buttes High School. In 2014, he earned a Ranch Management degree from Lake Area Technical Institute. Preston lives in Onida and is employed by Allen and Leann Weischedel of Weischedel Bucking Bulls.

Friend of the Fair: DNA Genetics

DNA Genetics Onida is happy to support the Sully County fair every year by donating the ribs for the rib cook-off. The Pillen Family acquired Danbred North America, including the Onida location, in 2003 and renamed the company to DNA Genetics.

DNA Genetics produces the finest genetics for North American pork producers. Every day, our teams work to help producers compete and succeed in today’s pork industry. We proudly offer the most widely used terminal boar line in North America - the Line 600 Duroc boar as well as North America’s fastest-growing maternal line - the Line 241. This combination produces a market pig designed to excel in North America’s commercial production setting and marketplace. 

DNA Genetics: Best People. Best Pig. Best Genetic option. 

Former fair board member:

Lew Robbennolt

Lew Robbennolt is the son of Wilfred and Betty Robbennolt and grew up in Agar the youngest of four sons. He joined older brothers Jim, Curt and Lynn. His grandparents, Jess and Addie Robbennolt came to Sully County from Delmont, SD in the spring of 1920. His mother’s grandparents, Gaudenz and Lena Hartmann and William and Mary Neyhart homesteaded in southern Potter County in the 1880s.

Lew was a member of the Merry Mixers 4-H club when in elementary school. The leaders of the club were Mike Mikkelsen and Albert Brehe. He attended the Agar school system and graduated in 1974. He then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings majoring in Agronomy and General Agriculture. While at SDSU, he was employed at the South Dakota State Seed Testing Laboratory and was active in the Navigators. He graduated in 1978.

Lew was employed by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation in St. Paul, MN as a Field Underwriter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was lucky enough to meet Mary Zacho in 1979, and they were married in August of 1980. Mary had worked for the State of Minnesota, and at the time of their marriage, was employed by the Ramsey County Abstract Clerk. Mary’s paternal grandparents were Danish immigrants who operated a successful commercial dairy on the outskirts of St. Paul.

In the spring of 1982, Lew and Mary moved back to the home place to farm as Wilfred and Betty retired. They soon started raising a family and were blessed with three children: Jesse, Emily, and Rebecca. They stayed busy with farming, family and the community. All three kids attended Agar Elementary School and were active in Sully County 4-H. Their leaders were Dale and Jane Brehe.

Jess graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and currently lives and works as a Mechanical Engineer in Milwaukee, WI. He is married to Rebecca who is also employed as an Engineer, and they have two children, Gabriel and Ruth.

Emily attended Black Hills State University and graduated from Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City. She currently lives in Agar and is involved in Internet sales.

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s Degree from SDSU and her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is employed as a Records Manager and Archivist at the University of Wisconsin/Parkside in Kenosha, WI.

Lew has served on many boards and committees over the years, while Mary kept everything working at home. Some of the organizations he has been involved with are the Agar Fire Department, Agar School Board, Prairie Economic Development Academy Board, Fernando Committee, Sully County Planning and Zoning Board, Bill Clerk South Dakota Senate 1993-1994, Wesleyan Homes Foundation Board, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board, Mid-Dakota Rural Water Board, Sunrise Bank Board of Directors, Sully County Fair Board and others.