Dave Huinker (center)with his wife, Martha, and AIF Past President Joe Yedlik. (Submitted photo)
Decorah native Dave Huinker has been inducted into the Association of Iowa Fairs' (AIF) Hall of Fame.
Huinker, who resides in Ames, received the award during the Association's recent 2013 conference and annual meeting.
Huinker began his involvement in fairs as a member of the Calmar Champions 4-H Club. During his years in 4-H, he showed Poland China hogs, Guernsey dairy cattle and sheep.
Huinker went on to become a 4-H leader in Story and Winneshiek counties for 20 years. He served as an auxiliary member of the Winneshiek County Fair Board for 20 years, "and was a tireless worker and organizer of several events held during the fair each year," according to the release from the AIF.
In addition to his work with the Winneshiek County Fair, he also served on the Iowa State Fair Boar for 30 years (1979 - 2012), twice serving as board president.
Huinker was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2006, in recognition of his strong support of the 4-H program.
"I have personally known Dave for many years and can truthfully say that he is very deserving of this honor. His style of leadership is one of quiet support, positive encouragement and sound judgment. He exemplifies what a true 'fair person' is. His timeless dedication to both the Winneshiek County Fair and the Iowa State Fair is something we all, in the fair business in Iowa, will be forever grateful for," said Tom Barnes, executive director of the AIF.
"I was very pleased to receive this award," said Huinker.
The Association of Iowa Fairs is the organizational body of the fair industry in Iowa.
It has, as its members, the 106 county fairs of Iowa and the Iowa State Fair, and 130-plus associate members such as chambers, festivals, carnivals, entertainment agencies, concessionaires, special attractions and suppliers of the industry. Together, the members work to promote and strengthen the fair industry in Iowa.
For more information, visit iowafairs.com.