Women's Building

Besides all of the static exhibits and vendors that call the Women's Building home during the State Fair, a full-sized kitchen and auditorium are also located in the building! 

A note from Jo Freier, Women's Building Superintendent:
It is Saturday after the end of the SD State Fair. Finally feeling a bit rested. A great week was had in the Women's Building. Many visitors enjoyed the Kitchen and Auditorium entertainment. We have new winners of the Bert Stiner Domestic Engineer Award for 2022. Alexia Klinkhammer was awarded this special prize for exhibiting the most exhibits and ribbon placings in 3 of the 4 Departments. Also a new winner for the Youth/Junior Domestic Engineer for 2022 is Ryan Chipman. He exhibited the most entries in 2 of the 3 Divisions in the Youth Department.

Congratulations to you both for your success in exhibiting in the Women's Building this year. We also would like to congratulate Brooklyn Larson for winning the Junior Achievement Award for her First Place exhibit in the Junior Division. We are working on having a special presentation for the winners of the Bert Stiner Award and the Youth/Junior Domestic Engineer Award for 2023 Fair.

It is my pleasure to be the Superintendent of the Women's Building and prepare the building for all the visitors to see the wonderful exhibits and talent of the people of South Dakota. Thank you so much to my "Core" team who helps me for 3 weeks getting the building ready and during Fair Week. They are Pam M., Carrie P., and Sarah K. I would not be able to do my job without their continued support, friendship and special talents to make the Women's Building as beautiful as it is on opening day of Fair week.

So, after a couple months break, I will get busy to work on planning the entertainment for 2023 Fair and upgrade the exhibit book for 2023 entries. Thank you all for making this SD State Fair a great success in the Women's Building. 


The Domestic Engineer Award has been renamed the Bert Stiner Domestic Engineer Award in memory of Bert Stiner.  Bert's family wanted to do something in honor of their wife and mother at the South Dakota State Fair, Women's Building.  This award depicts the many, many years of her participation in the Women's Building as well as many community service organizations, church, and many other activities.

This award is the highest award one can receive as an exhibitor in the Women's Building.  The Stiner Family is sponsoring this award and will continue to do so for many years to come.  They have donated a perpetual plaque for this award that will list each year's winner by name.  You will be able to see this plaque as you enter the Women's Building on the east wall.  

    Congratulations to Alexia Klinkhammer, winner of the 2022 Bert Stiner Domestic Engineer Award

    Congratulations to Ryan Chipman, winner of the 2022 Junior Domestic Engineer Award

Women's Building Schedule of Events

Women's Building programming will be posted as it's confirmed!

Sew Your Own Style Show

Friday, Sep 1
3:30 pm