SEPT. 3 - SEPT. 7, 2020


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North Western Energy
Red Wilk Construction
Value Added Agriculture
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2019 Schedule 2019 Event Guide

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Day Sponsors

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 28

Value Added Ag Day

It’s the 20th annual Value Added Ag Center Day at the State Fair! There’s no time like fair time to celebrate everything ag grown and made in South Dakota. Join us for our 20th anniversary by visiting our ag producers, businesses and partners who turn the plants and animals they grow into food, fiber, farmaceutical, fuel, and feed products that we all use.

Come to the Day Sponsor Tent to discover products from intriguing value added businesses. We’re joining forces with SD Specialty Producers Association again to highlight niche foods, spirits and horticulture products; along with a cooking demo with local food inspired creations.  And, you don’t want to miss our 20th annual Ice Cream Social brought to you in cooperation with Your South Dakota Dairy Producers. 

We have events all day long…check the schedule for times and locations. The Value Added Agriculture Development Center is pleased to have teamed up with the South Dakota State Fair for 20 years to celebrate the daily influence agriculture has on what we eat, wear, and use every day.

Support from East River Electric Cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America, SD Bankers Association, SD Association of Cooperatives, SD Farmers Union, SD Rural Electric Association, SD Soybean Research & Promotion Council, SD Wheat Commission, Agtegra Cooperative, and USDA-Rural Development make VAADC services available to South Dakota farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and rural business owners.

Scheduled events are:
10 am - 10:15 am: What's the Buzz on Bees
10:30 am - 10:45 am: Got Goats
11 am - 11:15 am: Field to Bottle - South Dakota's Spirits
11:30 am - 11:45 am: Farm & Ranch AgriTourism Opportunities
2 pm - 3 pm: There's No Time Like Fair Time to Recipe Up Some Local Foods Cooking Demonstration - Chef Uriah Steber, Drifters Bar & Grill in Pierre - Located in the Women's Building Kitchen
3 pm: Value Added Ag Center Day 20th Anniversary Ice Cream Social

*All events are in the Day Sponsor Tent unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, Aug 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Prostrollo Motors Day

Stop by the Prostrollo Motors Building to see the newest vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac including a great selection of 2019 and 2020 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 30

SD Farmers Union Day

Join us for Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair Saturday, August 31st.  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 a 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 day sponsor tent near the NorthWestern Energy 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 NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage, Farmers Union will host a panel on the Future of Hemp in South Dakota.  At 2:00 pm is the Farm Safety FFA Quiz Bowl Championship; four FFA Quiz Bowl teams will compete for the championship title. It's designed as a fun way to teach high school students about safety on the farm or ranch.

Farmers Union will also be displaying their new interactive Farm Safety Trailer on Third Street in front of the Dakotaland Museum. The trailer will give visitors the opportunity to learn farm safety with power take offs, grain bins, and down power lines.  There will be 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 2019 South Dakota State Fair!

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Saturday, Aug 31

DPS Share the Road Day

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is back for a fourth consecutive year in the Day Sponsor Tent on Sunday, Sept. 1.  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 change to renew your driver's license (two address documents required) and of course, Tommy the Turtle and the ever popular Highway Patrol police dogs.  Staff will also 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 1
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kids' Day and Pay it Forward Day

Join us the last day of the South Dakota State Fair for the annual Kids’ Day! Located between the Women’s Building and the Horticulture Building, enter the tent for a day filled with contests, games, lots of prizes, and many activities to keep your little ones entertained. With heroes and careers as our theme, it’s never too early to start looking into the future.


Kid’s Day will emphasize future plans, careers, and goals with plenty of contests, games, and prizes! Test your skills at the Zoo Keeper’s Flamingo Toss, Race around the fairgrounds searching for items on the scavenger hunt, Show off your artistic skills at the coloring and craft activities, capture memories at our photo booths and much more!


Enjoy the fan-favorite Diaper Derby, explore the fairgrounds for a career scavenger hunt, take part in the “When I’m older” learning experience and interact with Miss South Dakota! With a day designed for the kids, a memorable experience is guaranteed!

Kids can dress up as their favorite hero and will be eligible for $1 OFF admission in to the fair on Monday, September 2!

Join us as we ‘Pay it 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 these businesses for supporting Pay it Forward!

Huron Eyeopener Lions Club
R & L Sanitary 
Prairie Smiles Family Dentistry
AgSense, LLC
Crestone Builders Inc
Kiwanis Club
Gary Zell's Auto Glass
The Carpet Center Inc.
Picek Construction Inc.
Huron Eye Clinic
Dramstad Refrigeation & Electric Inc.
GCC Ready Mix

Monday, Sep 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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