Special Events

Parish Mehling

Reigning Dacotah Star: Parish Mehling from Redfield, SD

Dacotah Star presented by Dacotah Bank

Dacotah Star is the SD State Fair's version of American Idol! Contestants compete in preliminary competition Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those who make it out of the preliminary competition will move onto the finals!

Sponsored by Dacotah Bank


SD CattleWomen State Fair Beef Cook-Off

Hosted by the SD CattleWomen, Funded by SD Beef Producers through Beef Check-Off Dollars

$2250 in prize money will be given at the event. Each of the 3 categories will have a 1st place prize of $500 and 2nd place will receive $250.

Rules (pdf)


BBQ Beef Cook-Off

SD State Fair BBQ Beef Cook-Off

Additional brisket sponsored by SD Beef Industry Council


Jacks Campers Chili Challenge

Jack's Campers Chili Challenge


Barrels Gone Wild

Barrels Gone Wild

Added Money Sponsored by:

Results (pdf)


SD State Fair Strongest Man Contest

SD State Fair Strongest Man Competition


Arm Wrestling Competition

Arm Wrestling Competition

Four weight divisions - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash prizes - register at event


SD State Fair Strongest Man Contest

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest

Enter your best made from scratch family heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner. Recipe should be from 1950.


team roping

SD State Fair Team Roping

Money Sponsored By:


sheepdog trials

CMSA Sanctioned Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Money Sponsored By:


SD Stock Dog Association Stock Dog Trials

North Arena and Hippodrome

Classic car show

SD State Fair Classic Car Show

Centennial Stage
  • Hosted by Sherwin Linton
  • Open to all classic cars
  • Trophies awarded to 1st-3rd place in People’s Choice Competition
Sponsored By:


SD State Fair Legislative Beef Show

Legislative Beef Show

Watch your representatives in action. State Legislators will be paired up with youth from their districts to participate in a fun, competitive livestock show.

View more photos of the Legislative Showmanship Competition


South Dakota Timed Event Championship

North Arena

Open to youth ages 14-19

Sponsored in part by:

Producers Hybrids, Iverson Featherlite Trailers, Panhandle Slim, and Double D Western Wear


Antique Tractor Show

SD State Fair Antique Tractor Show

Centennial Stage
  • Hosted by Sherwin Linton
  • Open to all antique tractors
  • Trophies awarded to 1st-3rd place in People’s Choice Competition
Sponsored by:


SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship

SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship

Followed by 4-H Foundation Benefit Auction


Lego Competition hosted by the SD Robotics Assoc.