Policies

Welcome to the South Dakota State Fair.  In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all fair attendees, please observe the following policies.  Please also know that the policies will be enforced, as well as statutes and rules pertaining to the South Dakota State Fair.

  • Drones
    No unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones may be used on the fairgrounds.
  • Pets
    Pets are welcome in the campground, but not allowed anywhere else on the fairgrounds except as part of an exhibit. Pets must be leashed and have all current vaccinations.
  • Tobacco
    The fairgrounds is a tobacco free property.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol may only be consumed in designated areas.
  • Motorized vehicles
    No motorized vehicles are allowed on the fairgrounds without prior approval. This includes: golf carts, ATVs, 4-wheelers, lawn mowers, hoverboards, and scooters. When using a motorized vehicle on the fairgrounds, please know that pedestrians and livestock have the right of way. Courtesy carts and shuttles are available at all of the gates and throughout the fairgrounds.
  • Non-motorized vehicles
    Certain non-motorized vehicles are also prohibited on the fairgrounds. These include: bicycles, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, and skate boards. Strollers are permitted on the fairgrounds.
  • Parking
    Parking is available on the fairgrounds in designated areas; permits are required. Contact the State Fair office for permit information. Parking in a designated area without the proper pass or parking in non-designated areas may result in your vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Attire
    Shirts and shoes must be worn in public places on the fairgrounds.
  • Stalling
    Woodchips must be used when stalling horses on the fairgrounds.
  • Feed and Forage
    Feed and forage is available for sale on the fairgrounds from 7 AM - 7 PM (Wednesday-Sunday).
  • Service Delivery
    Deliveries may be made prior to 10 AM or after 7 PM.
  • Feeding and unloading
    A pass is available to allow access to the fairgrounds during designated times to bring in feed for livestock and unload livestock. Passes may be purchased at the State Fair office.
  • Grandstand
    Selfie sticks and professional photography equipment are prohibited in the grandstand.
  • Propane Safety Requirements
    As of April 1, 2002, an Overfilling Prevent Device (OPDs) are required on all propane cylinders between 4 and 40 pounds propane capacity, per the 1998 edition of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. Cylinders of this size manufactured after September 30, 1998, are required to have an OPD. For reference, a typical gas grill cylinder holds about 20 pounds of propane.
    After April 1, 2002, propane cylinders not equipped with an OPD must either be retrofitted with the device or properly disposed of and replaced with an OPDequipped cylinder. For safety reasons, the Huron Fire Department does periodically drive through the campgrounds. Any camper that has an illegal propane tank will be required to remove it from the fairgrounds immediately. It will be the owner or occupant of the camper’s responsibility to remove and properly dispose of the propane tank(s).

All questions and concerns may be addressed to the State Fair office located in the Nordby Exhibit Hall at 1060 3rd Street Southwest, Huron, SD 57350.

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Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present. The South Dakota State Fair cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit.

We will implement enhanced health and safety measures for our guests and staff members during the 2020 South Dakota State Fair.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. The CDC and State of South Dakota advise those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including those over age 60 and those suffering from underlying medical conditions to evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend the State Fair. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, and any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of infection. By visiting the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.