DAYTON RODEO GRAND MARSHALL
Brent & Barb Sandholm
Brent and Barb Sandholm are rodeo people. Not only have they been active members of the Wrangler Saddle Club for decades, they’ve raised three children who have also been very active in the Dayton rodeo.
The Sandholms, both graduates of Dayton High School, have been married 45 years and are members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. They have three children (Shannon, Melissa, and Brandon) and three grandchildren.
Brent spent four years as Wrangler President and was a member of the Celebration Committee for six years. Barb was in charge of the Wranglers’ food stand for two years. Being so close to the rodeo, the Sandholms know better than most that the Dayton Rodeo is much more than Labor Day weekend—it is a year-round activity. The couple has spent many, many hours cleaning, painting, and repairing things at the rodeo grounds. Brent still spends the weekend before Labor Day spray painting the arena. He also runs the north arena gate for all four performances each rodeo.
The Sandholm's are not just involved in rodeo activities—they are active members of the community. While raising the children, the family was involved in 4-H, Girl Scouts, horse shows, sporting events, camping, and trail rides. Brent has been a member of the Lions Club, Jaycees, and the Dayton Rescue Squad.
Both of his daughters were members of the Serpentine Riders Precision Drill Team and were junior rodeo queens. Son Brandon has helped in the back pens and with setting up the sound system. Brandon also rode junior bulls and was competed in the Wild Horse Race.
Brent farmed and is retired from the City of Fort Dodge after 22 years as Supervisor of Water Distribution. Barb is retired from Trimark/Unity Point Health after 16 years.
“It’s an honor to be the 2022 Parade Marshalls,” the couple said when they were informed.
Written by: Kendra Breitsprecher
Partial List of Past Grand Marshalls
1976: Les Danielson
1977: C.D. Lindstom
1978: Fred Schwendemann
1979: Claude Helms
1980: Eva Haub
1981: Vern Danielson, Duane Vegors, Allen Porter
1982: Don Lauer
1983: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams
1984: Mildren Vegors
1985: Russell Hanson
1986: John Campidilli
1987: Allen and Esther Porter
1988: Gordon and Clarice Lundberg
1997: Dick Chinburg
2000: Kenny Schlief
2001: Jonathan Anderson
2002: Wayne Newholm
2003: Dwight and Phyllis Kinsey
2006: Wayne Tell
2007: Bob and Colleen Bass
2008: Leonard and Marilyn Anderson
2009: Marty and Jerry Paullin
2010: Edna Will and Rose Challgren
2011: Doug and Duan Boker
2012: Allen Porter
2013: John and Cindy Haub
2014: Leonard and Marilyn Anderson
2015: Imogene Hanson
2016: Lynn Schlief
2017: Norm and Deb Vegors
2018: Gordon Lundberg
2019: Earl Hanson
2021: Rob Scott
2022: Brent and Barb Sandholm