At the Federation of County Fairs Convention, held Jan. 13 -15 in Bloomington, Kenneth Nastrom was recognized by the Federation of County Fairs and presented with the District #3 “Fair Person of the Year” Award.
Nastrom was chosen from nominees received from the other fairs in District #3 which include Isanti, Chisago, Pine, Washington, and Anoka.
Nastrom has been a Director for the Isanti County Agricultural Society since 2000 and was recently re-elected to begin serving his 6th year as treasurer. Since joining the Board, Nastrom’s duties and passion have been the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds and buildings. Living only a few miles from the fairgrounds, Nastrom is often seen cruising the grounds, reading meters, checking water spigots, taking measurements’ for repairs and improvements needed and making sure that everything is working as it should.
Having spent over 45 years in the construction business, Nastrom’s building skills have helped improve and maintain the fairgrounds and many of the buildings. Some of his projects have included the construction of a new portable stage; renovation and remodeling of the Community Building used for Open Class and weddings; updating the underground water and electrical service; planting trees throughout the grounds; and remodeling and maintaining the 4-H Family Café and exhibit building.
In addition to his maintenance duties and serving as treasurer of the Ag Society, Nastrom has served on the Cambridge Township Board, delivers ‘Meals on Wheels’ to local residents and helps at Christ the King Church in Cambridge.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at the lake, doing remodeling jobs around the house and visiting many County Fairs getting ideas and speaking with other Fair Board Members. Nastrom and his wife Mona of 48 years are honored to have also received the ‘WCCO Good Neighbor’ award in 2010, and can be found cruising the highways in his restored ’61 Chevy Impala showing up at Car Shows all over the State.
In the presentation speech at the Awards Dinner, the Federation had the following to say:
“Ken Nastrom deserves “Fair Person of the Year” for his of dedication and commitment to the Isanti County Fair. His unselfish donation of personal time for the betterment of the Fair and grounds makes him the ideal recipient for District #3 ‘Fair Person of the Year.’”