Hall of Fame member Don Andring from St. Charles has a long history with the Winona County Fair, serving as the fair’s electrician for many, many years. Don has been in the electrical trade for 50 years and has owned and operated Don’s Electric since 1979.
Andring was born and raised just 2 miles from St. Charles and has been on the farm all but a couple years of his life. He states that the St. Charles area is a place of “great people and friends”.
In July Don and his wife Gail will be married 48 years, and their family has grown to 8 children, 22 grandchildren and 2 foster kids. Don proudly notes that his family includes 1 architectural drafter, 4 teachers, 1 electrician, 1 farmer and 1 daycare worker. The farthest any of those children lives is in Zumbrota which Andring says is “just awesome”.
While Don is busy running his business, he also serves the community. Over the years he has been a township officer, served on a school board, been on the Land ‘O Lakes Co-operative board, St. Charles Jaycees, district and regional Jaycees director, church planning groups and a member of the St. Charles Moose Club for 38 years.
At the Winona County Fair Andring and his crew spend numerous hours prior to and during the fair making sure things are working, and that the electrical system is safely maintained. During that time he may be working with the state electrical inspector, hooking up vendor trailers to electric or being the familiar figure making late night rounds of the fairgrounds checking buildings.
Andring also does extra for the fair that falls into the “volunteer” category. He remembers one “memorable” overnight repair he assisted the fair board with, and Dons always helps on the last night of the fair with the chainsaw sculpture auction.
“I have seen a lot of the behind the scenes at the Winona County Fair…I hope everyone appreciates all the many volunteer hours the fair board members put in each year,” concludes Andring.