The 2018 Blue Earth County Fair recognized one United States Veteran from Blue Earth County and presented him with the Veteran of the Year award.

Mapleton native Lanny Cox served two eight month deployments in Vietnam for the United States Navy. 

He plays the role of Santa Claus at snowflake dazzle days in Mapleton, is part of the firing squad for the local VFW and is this year’s Blue Earth County Fair Veteran of the Year.

“Well it’s quite an honor but I’m not sure why I deserve it any more than the rest of the people,” said Cox jokingly.

To select the Veteran of the Year, a letter was sent to all Blue Earth County VFWs asking them to nominate whoever they felt fit.

From there, the committee gets together and chose the candidate they felt deserving.

--KEYC News 12