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Board of Directors

Connie Klava-Finnie - President

Connie joined the board several years ago after volunteering for many years. When Connie isn't busy with the duties of the fair, she can often be found in the fields of her family farm. Connie's brother Marty also helps with the fair, speedway and in running the family farm. Connie has been very active in helping with projects on the grounds. Her experience running equipment comes in handy on these projects and getting things done during the Fair. Connie also serves on the Social Media team leading up to and during the Fair.

Bill Kvasager - Vice President

Bill has been a member of the board for approximately 15 years. He came to the board because of his experience with the Red River Valley Horse Show Association and as a parent of a 4-H participant. Bill took over as Vice President from his uncle, Arvin Kvasager, a long time member of the board after Arvin's retirement. Bill is also a former sprint car race driver at the River Cities Speedway. Bill's wife, Jill is responsible for the beautiful flower displays throughout the fairgrounds that guests can see during fair week.

Mark Landa - Secretary

Mark has served on the board for the Fair for 17 years, and has served as Secretary for that entire time. He came to the Fair because of his long time involvement with the 4-H program, and still works with the program on a wide range of programs. He handles much of the paperwork for the organization, helps book most of the entertainment, and helps with things like security and parking for the Fair. In addition to his duties with the Fair, he manages the ATM located at the Speedway for the Fair. He has served on the board for the North Dakota Association of Fairs, and continues to serve on the Showcase Committee for the Dakota Fairs Convention.

Keith Eggl

Keith has served on the fair board for at least a decade. His initial involvement began because of his long time involvement with the Red River Valley Horse Show Association and his daughter's involvement with 4-H. He currently serves as the Grounds Manager for the organization and is in charge of facility maintenance and winter storage rental. He was instrumental in building a new horse arena and all of the other improvements with that facility during the past several years. Keith also works on the Barrel Run Series and with the Horse Show Association on their events. Keith assists 4-H on their horse events, as well as assisting River Cities Speedway with the racetrack, School Bus Races and other events.

Keith was chosen Fair Person of the Year in North Dakota for 2013.

Derek Earl

Derek has been a member of the board for several years. When Derek is not busy with fair duties, he can be found spending time with his family. Derek and his father farm and raise buffalo in rural Grand Forks County which keeps them busy throughout the year. Derek helps with a variety of grounds duties throughout the year, planning for the annual fair, and helping out wherever he can.

Terry Stromsodt

Terry has served on the Greater Grand Forks Fair board of directors for many years, including the years that the Fair ran the racetrack before 1999. During his lengthy tenure at the fair, Terry has served as Treasurer and President. Terry is a retired farmer in the Grand Forks area, and also worked as a CPA in Grand Forks.
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