AUG 31 - SEP 4, 2017


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South Dakota Farm and Ranch Recognition Program

The farm and ranch has long been the cornerstone of South Dakota history. None more perhaps than the farms and ranches we honor as South Dakota Century Farms and Ranches. If your family has retained ownership of a farm or ranch for 100 years or more in South Dakota, and if the farm or ranch consists of a minimum of 80 acres of the original farmland, you may be interested in having your farm or ranch designated as a Century Farm or Century Ranch.

The South Dakota Farm and Ranch Recognition Program  is a joint program of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The ceremony at the State Fair will recognize those Century Farms/Ranches that have not been previously honored. More than 2,100 farms and ranches have been honored statewide.

For more details, call the SD Farm Bureau office at 605-353-8052 or the SD Department of Agriculture at 605-773-5425 or visit their website at


Thursday, Aug 31
10:00 am

Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant

Congratulations to the 2016 Miss SD State Fair Carly Goodhart!

The South Dakota State Fair will celebrate the crowning of a new Miss South Dakota State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Huron. The pageant, a preliminary to the Miss South Dakota program is open to young women ages 17 and 24.

In addition, a teen competition will also be held during the pageant. Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen is open to young ladies between 13 and 17 years old.

Two titles are open for Miss - Miss State Fair and Miss Wheel Jam and two titles open for Teen - Miss State Fair Outstanding Teen and Miss Wheel Jam Outstanding Teen.

The Current Miss State Fair and Miss State Fair Outstanding Teen will reign over the fair with crown and sash until Monday, Sept. 4. The new title holders will be "in waiting" wearing only their sash and will regin during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Contestans will arrive on Friday by 6:00 pm. Intervewis will be held in the old administration building on Saturday Morning. Host homes will be provided to contestants if needed.

For more information contact
Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant Directors
Carolyn & Monica Knutson
(605) 690-2390

Connect with Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant:

Saturday, Sep 2
2:00 pm

Community Worship and Praise Service


Sunday, Sep 3
11:00 am

SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship

South Dakota Auctioneers Association will be hosting the Bid Calling State Contest at the South Dakota State Fair.

You need to be a member of the SDAA and be in good standing to compete. Upon winning you will host the fun auction at the South Dakota Auctioneers Convention in June and emcee the next year's contest.


Sunday, Sep 3
2:00 pm

SD Country Music Hall of Fame Annual Award Ceremony

2016 inductees are: Francie J Ganje, Eugene W Noonan, Kathy Koenig, Bobby Humphrey, Joyce Ruesink, Donnie Backman, Frank "Buddy" Ree, Eugene "Whitey" Boettcher, Mike Nepodal, Matt Nepodal, Liz Fisher

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 - Howie Gamber
CD of the Year Award Winner - Kim & Harland 'Aces & Eights' 
Supporter of the Year - Bev & Lloyd Schafer

Inductees are nominated by their peers, friends, and family.  They are then selected based on their musical history, promotion, and support of country music in South Dakota.  Musicians and performers are selected from around the entire state.

The Board of Directors for the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame include:  Sara Sandwick, Emily Danielson, and Chair Wini Iverson.  Assistants are Sandi Vander Wal and Ellen Robertson along with many other volunteers who help with events and preparations.

The South Country Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization and all work is done on a voluntary basis.  The organization relies primarily on donations for its support.   South Dakota merchants and vendors are used for the business needs whenever possible, and is the organizations way of supporting South Dakota.  It is also important to recognize the venues that have hosted our events, without them, none of this would be possible.

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame also helps support music programs for elementary schools in the state of South Dakota.  Support has been given in the past to elementary school music programs. 

For details visit us on the web at or contact the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame at 605-310-2441 or email us at:



Sunday, Sep 3
6:00 pm

2016 winners - L to R: Elizabeth Hofer - 1st Swepstakes, Brown County Fair; Kianna Healy - Grand Award Winner, Sioux Empire Fair; Ashley Fink - 2nd Sweepstakes, Turner County Fair; Maria Noyes & Deni Zeeb - 3rd Sweeptsakes, Sully County Fair

SD Youth Talent Contest

This will be the 27th year for the State Youth Talent Contest.

The contest has different categories which can be entered; vocal solo female, vocal solo male, vocal group, band/instrumental group, instrumental solo, dance solo, dance group & variety.

To qualify for the state contest a contestant must compete at a local contest held at an event that is a member of the South Dakota Association of Fairs & Celebrations. Contestants must meet age qualifications of 13 – 19. Must be 13 by the first day of the South Dakota State Fair and not more than 19 by the first day of the South Dakota State Fair.

The sponsors for this year's contest are:
  • Grand Award - $500.00 - Romeo Entertainment Group
  • 1st Sweepstakes - $250.00 sponsored by Theatrical Media Services  |  2nd Sweepstakes  $150.00 sponsored by SD Assoc. of Fairs and Celebrations   |   3rd Sweepstakes - $100.00 sponsored by SD Assoc. of Fairs and Celebrations
  • Trophies for the first four places – RaceWest Awards & Trophies
  • T-Shirts for each contestant – South Dakota Association of Fairs & Celebrations
For more information on the Youth Talent Contest, call Sonje Oban, the State Youth Talent Contest Coordinator at 605-397-8333 or


Monday, Sep 4
1:00 pm