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Growing in Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair, a Family Tradition

 By Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture


 Thursday, August 27, 2015


This year marks the 130th annual South Dakota State Fair. Our theme is: Sew it. Grow it. Show it. The theme highlights everything the fair has to offer, from exhibits and entertainment to food and shopping. It’s also intended to remind fair goers of the memories they are making. Sewing and growing memories and showing traditions.


For many families, taking part in the state fair—or at least attending the fair for a day or more-- is a long-standing family tradition. For other families, it’s a brand new adventure. Whether you’ve been coming for years, this will be your first state fair or you’re somewhere in between, you’ll find a lot to enjoy!


From the livestock shows to the “just like Grandma did it” entries in the Women’s Building, fairgoers will be treated to the most exceptional exhibits on display. The entertainment is also exceptional! Often family and friends have an annual tradition of meeting and enjoying free entertainment on one of the many stages around the grounds. Take time to sit down, relax and make new memories. This year’s grandstand entertainment features two nights of CBR Bull Riding, concerts by headliners Kenny Rogers, The Band Perry and Huey Lewis & the News and car races to finish off a busy week.


Who can resist state fair traditions like corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and fresh squeezed lemonade?  Of course there will be new foods to try, like gourmet flavored cheese curds or bratwursts that come in flavors like rattlesnake or alligator! The State Fair attracts unique vendors, so be prepared to do a little (or a lot!) of shopping.


Taking in all of the things the South Dakota State Fair has to offer can easily take more than one day. Families and friends have been camping at the State Fair for decades, coming back year after year to relive those traditions and make new memories. With over 1,700 campsites to choose from, many reserve the same place each year, adding to their state fair tradition.


I invite you to take a day or two, or better yet five, and join me at the South Dakota State Fair!  Come Sew it. Grow it. Show it at the South Dakota State Fair.



***For a photo of Sec. Lentsch, go to https://newscms.sd.gov/Publisher/Multimedia/Preview.aspx?MultimediaId=82.