Klempnauer Award – Dixie Ouverson
The Klempnauer Award was named for Dan Klempnauer, a long-time volunteer and festival supporter, and is intended to honor an unsung hero who volunteers for the festival in a behind–the-scenes role. This year’s honoree is Dixie Ouverson, who has volunteered in many capacities over the years to help make the North Iowa Band Festival a success.
Ouverson has served on the North Iowa Band Festival Committee for more than 20 years. When she first joined the committee, she was essential in the implementation of the Friends of the Festival Campaign. This annual fundraising campaign helps to keep Band Festival free to the public, thanks to generous financial donations from members of the community. Dixie’s current role with the Festival is working exclusively with the Tri-State Marching Band Judges, who evaluate the marching band competition during the “Big Parade.” She is their right-hand assistant upon their arrival through the final judging on parade day. Dixie’s favorite part of Band Festival is watching the parade march through the streets of River City!
Dixie has been an employee of the State of Iowa for 30 years, and currently works in the juvenile court service department. The Ouversons are Iowa natives and a tight-knit family. Now that her daughter is in the Clear Lake Marching Band, Dixie and her husband are anxiously awaiting their daughters debut in the “Big Parade” in May!
Ouverson is humbled by the honor of receiving the Klempnauer Award and gives many thanks to the North Iowa Band Festival community.