2017 Georgetown Fair Dedication

Don & Betty Pearson

Each year the Georgetown Fair is dedicated to an individual or group that has influenced our fair and deserves special recognition. The 2017 Georgetown Fair is dedicated to Don and Betty Pearson, long time supporters of the Georgetown Fair.

Don and Betty are dedicated to the Georgetown Fair. For years they have dutifully performed a myriad of tasks which are critical to the success of our fair. They are on constant alert for problems to be addressed.

Since 1972, Don has been a director of our fair.  Don has served as treasurer , plus has unlimited knowledge of all areas throughout the fairgrounds. Over the years, Don has been involved in most projects involving the buildings and grounds.  He served as Rehabilitation chairman for years.

Don has been the primary contact for maintenance on the grounds.  He is the infrastructure expert.  He has installed and maintained most water lines, been responsible for the track and stage construction, been on most construction projects and currently coordinates the camper rentals during the fair.

Don is rarely seen without Betty by his side. Betty provides meals for countless volunteers before, during and following fair week. She is never idle and always has time to lend anyone a helping hand.

It is with a sense of pride and appreciation that the 2017 Georgetown Fair is dedicated to Don and Betty Pearson


2017 Premium Book Dedication

Mike Black

The Georgetown Fair Association is proud to dedicate the 2017 Premium Book to Mike Black. Mike is one of a few individuals that has spent nearly their entire life around the fairgrounds.
Mike has been an integral part of our fair for a great number of years. Mike’s father Dwight was a director starting in 1955.  This early exposure helped to establish Mike’s interest in the fair.  Mike was first elected to the board of directors in 1975.  Over his 41 years of service, Mike twice served as president of our board of directors.

Mike was constantly involved in many aspects of the fair.  From serving as demo derby chair for years, to being a key  in the track and stage construction, and always contributing  countless hours of volunteer labor.  Mike spent many hours doing the tasks behind the scenes to make sure the fair was ready.

Mike has also been very active in the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs.  Through his work in our state association, Mike established many relationships with fair people all around the state.  This was integral in advancing idea sharing and improving our fair.

Mike is dedicated to the youth of our community and specifically to the young people who participate in our fair.  He was an advocate for all our fair queens and talent show winners.   Mike is a long time member of the Regional Board of School Trustees in Vermilion County.

Mike is a great friend, a loyal provider of service and a great ambassador for county fairs.  We of the Georgetown Fair proudly dedicate our 2017 Premium Book to Mike Black, a beloved friend to all of county fairs.



Phil Hummel Memorial Award – 2017 Recipient

Keith and Nancy Dalenberg

Phil Hummel was a remarkable man who added professional expertise to his every task. His abilities, leadership, and goal driven nature endeared Phil to all who knew him. His spirit endures in our hearts and his memory is invoked when each annual recipient is honored with his Memorial Award.

The Georgetown Fair Association takes pride in naming Keith and Nancy Dalenberg the 2017 Phil Hummel Memorial Award recipients.

Keith was first elected as a director in 2010.  Almost immediately, he became very involved.  He established a reputation around the fairgrounds as a problem solver that got things done.  Keith is currently the vice president of the board of directors.

Keith’s wife Nancy has been a supporter of the fair for many years.  They are a team spending many hours together working on our fairgrounds.  Nancy currently is the superintendent of the Ethel Cunningham Home Ec Building.

Keith is very active in the agricultural community. He is an excellent farmer and often supplies his own equipment to the maintenance of our buildings and grounds.  Nancy, a former educator, can be found volunteering at the fair during most events.  In addition to fair work, they are both active in their  church as well.

We are proud to name Keith and Nancy Dalenberg the Phil Hummel Award recipients for 2017