The honor of being the 2021 Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo Grand Marshal goes to Mike Schiel!
Our 2021 Grand Marshal moved to Redmond in 1972 after a successful career in radio and advertising in the Willamette valley to begin his first teaching job at Redmond High School in the middle of the school year. He taught English and coached freshman football and baseball, and was active in student activities. He also spent one year coaching/advising the cheer squad! He became an assistant principal in 1982, then worked as a school counselor for 2 years. In 1995 he transferred to Hugh Hartman Middle School to help open the new building and that's where he finished his career in education when he retired in 2004. After retirement, he became an expulsion hearings officer, doing expulsion hearings and helping marginal and at-risk kids for all the school districts in Central Oregon. He retired in 2017.
Mike has always believed in giving back to his community. He was a member of Jaycees in Woodburn; member of the Redmond Rotary for many years; served 2 terms on the Commission for Children and Families; and was an active member of the Redmond Education Foundation. He organized and coached summer baseball for the Centwise Shamrocks for several years. He served 2 terms on the Deschutes County Fair Board.
In October 1991, Deschutes County Fair directors Chris McMullen and Wally Zimmerman talked him into joining the Fair Association as director of on-grounds entertainment which, with his love of all things musical and kids, was right up his alley. His first associate was Ross Rogers, a former student, and our Fair has been nothing but better for that choice. Mike continued in this capacity until several years ago when he handed off the reins to his associate Jim Erickson, although he continued to serve on the association in an ad hoc capacity.
Mike is married to his wife Marilyn of 53 years and they have 3 sons, Brian (who is now active in the Fair Association), Greg (who assisted him for several years as a sound technician on the family stage), and Michael and his wife Jade. Little Mike and his band played on the Fair’s on-grounds stage a couple of times and opened for Smashmouth when they played in the Fair concert Series in 2002. They have three grandchildren: Sahara 25, Erin 20, and Brayden 17.
Our Grand Marshal has been an active member of the Fair Association and served as President for many years. He has had and continues to have his finger in so much of what we see around us today. He feels extremely honored that he was chosen to be Grand Marshal for this year’s Fair. Please welcome our 2021 Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo Grand Marshal -Mike Schiel!