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Come “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds




For Immediate Release:  June 18, 2018

Media Contact:  Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073


Come “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds
By Mike Jaspers, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture


Whether you want to “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fair or wrangle in some memories at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR), the State Fair Park is the place for you and your family this summer.


We are kicking off our summer celebrations with the second largest rodeo in the world; welcoming nearly 1,000 young rodeo athletes from 48 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia to compete in the NJHFR the last week in June. This is a great opportunity to showcase our state sport over the next two years. To learn more about all you can see and do at the NJHFR, please visit sdstatefair.com.


I also hope you will join us for the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. This yearly celebration has a deep history with the State of South Dakota since 1885 and continues to grow in attendance year after year. However, this year is extra special, as the State Fair Grandstand turns 100 years old. To honor this great achievement, we will be hosting a 1918 celebration where the State Fair will throwback to the year 1918, giving you and fellow fairgoers a chance to experience what the State Fair was like in the early 1900s.


You will not want to miss the great 21st century acts coming to the grandstand this year either! Entertainment this year includes the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash; Toby Keith with Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band; Foreigner and Night Ranger; Gary Allan and Sawyer Brown; and the “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulling Association.


The annual state fair is a place to catch up with friends and take in a concert or a rodeo. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the important role agriculture has in South Dakota and her history. Every year at the State Fair, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Bureau recognize farms and ranches that have been owned by the same family for over 100 years through the Century Farm program. The Century Farm program symbolizes the long legacy of family-owned farming and ranching in the State of South Dakota. Since the start of the program in 1984, thousands of farms have been recognized for being in the family for 100, 125 or 150 years. If your family qualifies for this honor, we hope you take the time to fill out the application on the South Dakota Farm Bureau website and return it by Aug. 10, 2018. 


The State Fair has always been magical for me because it is a time to catch up with friends and family and enjoy the last few days of summer. I am excited for everything happening at the State Fair Park this summer and hope you have time to pay us a visit to see for yourself.