The Rice County Fair 2021 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award was announced today on Senior Day at the 148th Annual event.

I've had the honor of hosting the program for a number of years and meeting the outstanding recipients.  This year's recipient is from Faribault.

Lawrence Borst Senior, 85, has been an exceptional volunteer according to a number of organizations.

He told us he started volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul Center after his wife passed away in 2012.  He started working 4 days a week and currently works 3 days a week.

Paradise Center for the Arts is another non-profit Borst has worked with for the past 15 to 20 years.  Now they simply call whenever they need him for various volunteer efforts.

Larry (that's the name he told us he prefers) was a Senior Server volunteer at Divine Mercy Catholic Church for 4 years.  He has also been a volunteer usher in the past.

He was in the Boy Scouts from 3rd grade through 8th grade.  In 1954 began a 4 year stint with the Air Force.

Borst was President of the Sheet Metal Worker's Local 480 Union for 14 years.  He was a machinist at MaQuays and Crown Cork and Seal.

Those who suggested he be honored wrote on the nomination form:

"Larry volunteers whenever he is asked.  Whether it's for church or St. Vincent.  He is always ready and willing to help both family and friends as well.  Very dependable and honest."

A number members of the Borst family were in attendance beaming from ear to ear when his name was announced. Larry joined Rice County Fair Board President Tara Langevin on the Sellner Memorial Stage.

Borst thanked everyone involved in the selection process. He gave special thanks to all his family for supporting him.

2018 Outstanding Rice County Senior Citizen Award winner Ron Parker of Faribault told everyone he was not able to go to the State Fair after winning his award like others have done.

Pat Rice was not only a Rice County Fair Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipient but also was chosen the state winner in 2015.

Rice told KDHL the key was Donna Crowl submitting a separate nomination form for the State Fair.

Rice says the state nomination is much more in depth and only takes under consideration volunteer efforts after the age of 65.

Rice County has chosen to make the nomination form one page.  A lifetime of volunteer efforts are acknowledged.

Larry Borst Family. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

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