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2018 Event Guide
**The schedule is subject to change. For the most up to date schedule, please download the schedule from the 2018 schedule.
Channel Seeds Preview Day
Seedsmanship is what sets Channel apart from other seed brands. It’s our unmatched ability to provide you with the expert advice and customized service that helps get the most yield out of your acres. It’s being with you on your farm, assessing your conditions, diagnosing your challenges, then recommending the best solutions specific to your needs, year after year. That’s Seedsmanship At Work®. Stop by our display located on East Machinery Ave. to learn the difference Channel can make on your farm.
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Wednesday, Aug 29ALL DAY
Prostrollo Motor Sales Day
Stop by the Prostrollo Motors Building to see the newest vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac including a great selection of 2018 Chevy and GMC pickups with huge model yearend discounts. And we always try to throw in something different for you to view each year if you like older and interesting vehicles. In addition, there will be special door prize drawings from Prostrollo’s during the Fair and free ice water on Friday, Prostrollo Day. Also, sign up for a chance to win the “Best Seats in the House” at the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows in the Grandstand. Don’t miss it!
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Friday, Aug 31ALL DAY
SD Farmers Union Day
Join us for Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair Saturday, September 1. South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will host events throughout the day celebrating the family farmers, ranchers and rural communities from across the great state of South Dakota that they so proudly represent.
The day will kick off at 10:30 am on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage with Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow scholarship presentation, sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance Agency. Incredible high school seniors will be awarded with scholarships totaling $25,000 to put towards their college education. Five individuals will then be presented their Rural Dakota Pride Award. These individuals have made lasting impact on their community through their volunteer work. SDFU believes it’s these volunteers that make a community strong.
Highlighting the day of activities will be the annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon (limited number of meals available) located in the tent near the Freedom Stage from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 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.
From 1:00 to 2:00 pm on the Freedom Stage, Farmers Union will host a Farm Bill panel featuring South Dakota State Farm Service Executive Director Paul Shubeck and South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke to hear your concerns on the new upcoming Farm Bill.
Farmers Union will be displaying their new interactive Farm Safety Trailer on 3rd St. in front of the Dakotaland Museum. The trailer will give visitors the opportunity to learn farm safety with power take offs, grain bins, down power lines and will host ATV simulator demonstrations 3 times a day at 11:00 am, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
We are excited for you to join in the fun of Farmers Union Day at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair!
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Saturday, Sep 1ALL DAY
DPS Share The Road Day
For the third consecutive year, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety will be in the Day Sponsor Tent on Sunday, Sept. 2! This year’s theme is motorcycle safety – whether you are on the highway or on the street near your home, be a safe motorcycle driver. Slow down, watch for others and wear the proper safety equipment. Be ready to “share the road” with others. Also in the tent will be educational programs, games, the chance to renew your driver’s license (two address documents required) and of course, the ever popular Highway Patrol police dogs. Staff also will be giving away free DPS hats and visors! The goal of DPS Day is to highlight all the ways the department works to keep the public safe. Stop by and see the staff of the Department of Public Safety. Most importantly, stay safe!
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Sunday, Sep 2ALL DAY
Fairytales and Fantasies Day and Pay it Forward Day
Fairytales & Fantasies Day is a day for kids to be able to “experience the magic” one final time! They will be able to walk through and participate in the magical garden! Kids can dress up as their favorite fantasy character and will be eligible for $1 OFF admission in to the fair on Monday, September 3rd. Enter the tent located between the Women’s Building and the Horticulture Building for a mystical time! Contests, games, lots of prizes, and other exciting things await! Test your skills in the flamingo toss, pin the fire on the dragon, show your artistic skills at the craft table and play with real fairytale and fantasy characters! This day is all about the kids, so you’re guaranteed to have a magical time!
A Diaper Derby and Mane Attraction are all part of the entertainment put on at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage!
Don’t forget to grab a $3 off daily carnival ride wristband coupon from Iverson’s and enjoy the rides one last time!
Join us as we ‘Pay the Magic Forward’, too! Businesses have generously banded together to sponsor gate admission passes to those in need and to randomly hand out at the gate admission entrances! You could be the lucky recipient of Pay It Forward pass as you enter the gates on Monday!
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 AM and 11 AM and receive $2 OFF gate admission.
And finally, come enjoy the fair for FREE after 3 PM!
Thank you to the following for paying the ‘magic’ forward and sponsoring gate admission passes:
Huron Eye Clinic
Gary Zell’s Auto Clinic
Prairie Smiles Family Dentistry
Pierce & Harris Engineering
Snow Huether & Coyle
Eye Opener Lions Club
Advanced Bio Energy
The Carpet Center
Advanced Bio Energy