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Variety of Themes and Sponsors at SD State Fair






For Immediate Release: August 29, 2016

Media Contact: Candi Briley, 605-353-7340


Variety of Themes and Sponsors at SD State Fair

HURON, S.D.- This year’s South Dakota State Fair, which runs Sept. 1-5, includes several themes and day sponsors.


Wednesday, Aug. 31 is Channel Seeds Preview Day and admission to the fair is free! Stop by the Channel Seeds display located on East Machinery Ave. to learn the difference Channel can make on your farm.


The 17th annual Value Added Ag Day is Thursday, Sept. 1. South Dakota’s value added companies use the crops sown and livestock grown here to make lots of products we use every day. The Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) will showcase many of these in the Day Sponsor Tent. The SD Specialty Crop Producer Association is partnering with the fair to feature specialty crops and local food exhibits along with presentations on various topics throughout the day. Be sure to take in our traditional afternoon ice cream social brought to you in cooperation with your South Dakota Dairy Producers. And, while you enjoy your ice cream, vote for your favorite Astonishing Ag Articles Contest entry, 1st -2nd grade coloring contest and 3rd-4th grade art contest. (Students, be sure to drop of your submission by 1 p.m.) Finalists and winning artwork will be on display at the FFA Ag Adventure Center the remainder of the State Fair.


Friday, Sept. 2, is Prostrollo Motors Day and AHEC Health Fest Day. Stop by the Prostrollo Motors Building to see the new and used vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac including the new Convertible from Buick for 2017.In addition, there will be special door prize drawings from Prostrollo’s during the Fair and free ice water on Friday. Also, a chance to win the “Best Seat in the House” at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows in the Grandstand.


Sept. 2 is also the inaugural event of South Dakota Avera Health Education Center Health Fest at the South Dakota State Fair. Healthcare organizations, technical schools and colleges featuring healthcare career training will be together under the big tent at the center of the fair to raise awareness of the need for young people to enter the fastest growing employment sector in South Dakota. They will also provide FREE health screenings to people of all ages. There will be FREE demonstrations, screenings and other activities throughout the day. Also tour the Avera Mega Heart and the Sanford Giant Colon to learn about heart disease and colon health.


Food, fun and Ferris wheels are all things you’ll find at South Dakota Farmers Union Day at the Fair Saturday, Sept. 3. Stop in the Farmers Union Tent by the Freedom Stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for their annual Farmers Share Luncheon. You can get a sandwich, chips and a drink all for a suggested donation of the farmers share, $1. Stick around after lunch for the Voice of the Voters panel where they will talk about how you can make your vote count in November.


What does the South Dakota Department of Public Safety do? Discover that answer and much more during the DPS Drive Safe SD Day, which is Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Day Sponsor Tent. Learn about DPS agencies, such as Highway Safety, 911/NLETS, Driver Licensing, Emergency Management, Fire Marshal’s Office, Highway Patrol, Homeland Security, State Inspection Program and Weights and Measures. There will be games to play (how much do you know about staying safe in severe weather?); equipment to see (the Highway Patrol’s Bearcat SWAT vehicle and Weights and Measures’ fuel testing trailer); information to take home, things to do (renew your driver license online at our kiosks-- two address documents required); and prizes to win.  Behind the tent, in the grassy area, watch Highway Patrol police dog demonstrations at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. These are not your normal dogs!


Monday, Sept. 5, is Pay it Forward Day. Businesses have generously banded together to sponsor gate admission passes for those in need and to randomly hand out at the gate admission entrances. You could be the lucky recipient of a ‘Pay it Forward’ pass as you enter the gates on Monday.


Another way you can Pay it Forward between the hours of 7 am and 10 am is by bringing a non-perishable food item for the ‘Drive to End Hunger” and receive $2 off gate admission.


For more information or a complete schedule of events, go to www.sdstatefair.com.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.