The South Dakota State Fair is also on the receiving end of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s 10 percent state government cuts to help end South Dakota’s structural deficit and budget crisis. Daugaard has tentatively cut 31-thousand 793 dollars from the 300-thousand dollars the State Fair operated with last year. Representative Peggy Gibson of Huron is upset that the Fair is being targeted for a third straight year…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/01/gibsonfair1.mp3|titles=gibsonfair1]
Gibson is also worried that State Fair staff may be on the chopping block…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/01/gibsonfair2.mp3|titles=gibsonfair2]
Governor Daugaard was behind schedule and unavailable for comment following a Wednesday afternoon press conference to comment on the cut of Fair funds. A phone call seeking comment from Fair Manger Jerome Hertel was not returned. If the current cut of nearly 32-thousand dollars stands, the State Fair will have lost around 432-thousand dollars in three years.