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A Successful South Dakota State Fair





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2020

Media Contact: Brian Walsh, 605.773.3296

 

A Successful South Dakota State Fair

 

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair celebrated its 135th fair September 3-7, themed ‘Perfect Vision of Fun,’ an event that showcased youth, tradition, agriculture, and South Dakota heritage.

 

“It was great to see family and friends coming together to celebrate their achievements and enjoy the Fair safely, and responsibly,” said Peggy Besch, South Dakota State Fairgrounds manager. “This year presented many challenges, but we embraced them and worked hard to host a safe and successful event.”

 

Nearly 1,600 competitive exhibitors participated in various open class livestock and non-livestock competitions, entering more than 8,300 exhibits. There were nearly 800 Future Farmers of America (FFA) entries and over 3,000 4-H livestock and static exhibit entries. Open class exhibitors took home more than $92,000 in premiums and there was a 10% increase in livestock exhibitors with a 16% overall increase in entries.

 

“The State Fair attracted 107,992 guests who spent nearly $1.3 million on goods, beverages, specialty concessions, and carnival rides,” said Besch. “In addition, we had 290 commercial exhibitors, concessionaires, and vendors showcased. We knew the pandemic would impact attendance, but we’re very pleased with these numbers.”

 

The Fair was a success in part, due to the additional safety measures in place, including hand sanitizing stations, extra hand washing stations, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

 

The 2021 South Dakota State Fair will be held September 2-6, 2021.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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