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Rob Lauer name 2023 Dayton Rodeo Grand Marshall

A lifetime of rodeo led the Dayton Rodeo Celebration Committee to select Rob Lauer as the 2023 Grand Marshall.    


Lauer’s has been rodeoing since he was a child, falling in love with the sport when he was only five years old.  His parents—Mary and Donald Lauer—were very active in the Dayton Rodeo and, in this case, the apple didn’t fall far from the rodeo arena.


The Lauer family (Mary, Donald, Rob, and brothers Gene and Keith) lived on a farm on Highway 169 in Clay Township.

Lauer had more success than many small town cowboys.  He even rode bulls in the National High School Rodeo Finals in Hot Springs South Dakota in 1960.  After mastering bull riding, he moved on to steer wrestling.    


Lauer graduated from Callender High School in 1962.  He began work with the Webster County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator in 1966 and held that job for an impressive 57 years.


Rob married wife Joan in 1968 and the couple made a home on the family farm north of Lehigh.  Son Patrick was born in 1969.  In 1981, they moved to their current home in Lehigh and Rob’s parents moved to the farm. As an adult, Lauer was a member of the Dayton Rodeo Celebration Committee for over 25 years.


Lauer in a country boy at heart.  Even his hobbies involved farms and rodeos.  “I enjoy working on my farm. I also enjoy going to farm machinery and household auctions. I watch rodeos on Cowboy Channel and RFD when I have time,” he said.


He concluded by noting it was “an honor “ to be named Grand Marshall.

2023 Grand Marshall
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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

2023: Rob Lauer

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