Dahls earn Winneshiek County Fair award

Chuck and Darlene Dahl, at right, were presented with the 2023 Winneshiek County Fair Distinguished Service Award. The presentation was made by Fair Board President Arlin Franzen. (Submitted photo)

The Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who volunteer and dedicate their time and services during the Winneshiek County Fair. Three awards were presented at this year’s fair.

One of the fair awards this year was presented to Chuck and Darlene Dahl. The others went to Jerry and Beth Einck of Decorah and to the late Leon Brown (who were featured in the July 18 Driftless Journal).

Award presenters said the Dahls have ties to becoming volunteers and were sought out because of their leadership roles running the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull in front of the grandstand for many years. As they transitioned out of this business, the Winneshiek County Fair Board welcomed their talents.

They have served on the Winneshiek County Fair Auxiliary Board for the past 22 years.

Friends and family agree the Dahls are very motivated and outgoing, and, as one family member stated, “you can always rely on them to volunteer and help the fair board members as needed. Even when the hours may get long and involved, you can always count on them to stay until all the work is complete. They are both respected by many people in the area.”

Hard work, determination, responsibility, and serving everyone with a smile…those are just a few of the characteristics making them stand out. 

One of their largest motivations is supporting the 4-H and FFA youth with their projects.

Chuck is currently employed part-time for the city of Mabel, Minn., and continues full time with his lifelong welding business “Chuck’s Welding” located at their residence. Darlene serves as the bookkeeper for the business and enjoys her time as “Grandmas Daycare.”

They reside just south of Mabel and have raised five children: Amy, Angie, Andrea, Aron and Ashlyn along with their spouses and 14 grandchildren.

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