With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair offers special days at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, is Channel Seeds Preview Day. Preview Day at the State Fair offers free gate admission to allow fairgoers a sneak peek of the fair. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and all rides are $1 each. The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash kicks off the grandstand entertainment at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29, is Value Added Ag Day where attendees can experience value added agriculture in South Dakota. All day long at the Day Sponsor tent, different food, farmaceutical, fuel, and feed products from across the state are featured. There are cooking demos of local food inspired creations and tasting opportunities. The South Dakota Dairy Producers will also host the 20th annual Ice Cream Social.
Friday, Aug. 30, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on east Highway 14 in Huron prior to the fair to pick up a coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair. Stop by the Prostrollo Motors Building on the fairgrounds to sign up for a chance to win the “Best Seats in the House” at the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows in the Grandstand.
Saturday, Aug. 31, is SD Farmers Union Day. SD Farmers Union hosts events throughout the day celebrating the family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities from across the state of South Dakota that they represent. Highlighting the day of activities is the annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon (limited number of meals available) located in the tent near the Freedom stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In comparison to the retail price of the meal, $10, attendees will pay just $0.30 for a meal that showcases the farmer’s share on retail food dollars.
Sunday, Sept. 1, is DPS Share the Road Day, when officials with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are present in the Day Sponsor Tent to highlight all the ways the department works to keep the public safe. The department’s theme this year is motorcycle safety. Also, in the tent will be educational programs, games, the chance to renew driver’s licenses (two address documents required), and Highway Patrol police dogs. Staff is also giving away free DPS hats and visors!
Monday, Sept. 2, is Kids’ Day when kids can dress up as their future occupation and are eligible for $1 off admission in to the fair. Also, on Monday, the Diaper Derby, Scavenger Hunt, Miss South Dakota Platform Activity, and Career Day are all part of the entertainment put on at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage.
The State Fair will be ‘Paying the Fair Time Forward’ on Monday thanks to businesses that have banded together to sponsor gate admission passes. Fair officials will randomly hand out free passes at the gate admission entrances. Participants can also ‘Pay it Forward’ to the food pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item for the “Drive to End Hunger” between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. to receive $2 off gate admission.
The 2019 South Dakota State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. Channel Seeds Preview night is Wednesday, Aug. 28.