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Callovis named Friends of the Fair

IRON RIVER—It’s fair to say that Dave and Carol Callovi have been friends of the Iron County Fair virtually all their lives.    The Friend of the Fair plaque they will receive on Aug. 28, just before the Miss Iron County pageant, only confirms what everyone has known all along. As 4-H leaders and fair workers, the Callovis have been active for over 30 years. Counting back to when they first got involved, it’s well over a half century.    Dave was raised near Gibson Lake in Crystal Falls Township, just south of Amasa. “My mom and dad were active with the fair,” he said, “They were Bertha and Ernie, and they were superintendents and clerk for the livestock as long as I can remember.    “When my dad passed away, Carol and I stepped right in as superintendent of the livestock. This is our 21st year at it.”    Both of them, said Carol, first got involved with 4-H when they were 9 years old. “When we were teenagers, we started clubs of our own and just kept right on going.”    Dave was originally with the Gibson Lake Dairy Club. Then he joined the Rawhide Beefherders, started by Paul and Grace Westman and George Johnson. “We joined the beef club because we also had beef animals on the farm.”  To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. 

Dave and Carol Callovi stand outside their Kofmehl Road home, in front of the barn that used to house their sons’ 4-H animals.