All Special Events
Jack's Campers Chili Challenge
Located at Horticulture Park
Do you have an award winning chili recipe? Or just a taste for chili? Either way, this is the place for chili lovers to be!
1 pm - People's Choice Tasting: FREE to the public
4:15 pm - Awards
2018 Entry Form & Rules
1st place: Holy Smokes - Sioux Falls
2nd place: Big Hoss BBQ - Bancroft
3rd place: No-Fru-Que - Huron
People's Choice: Big Hoss BBQ - Bancroft
Friday, Aug 311:00 pm
Homemade Pie Competition
Welcome homemade pie bakers! We invite you to participate and test your pie baking skills against others at an open judging contest on Sunday, September 2 in the Women’s Building Kitchen from 11:00am – 2:00pm. There are five divisions to choose from: fruit, cream, berry, mincemeat, and nut. Entry forms are due with the pie the day of the competition.
Sunday, Sep 211:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sponsored in part by: Garbe Cattle & Gravel, Olinger Trucking
Located in the North Arena
Thursday, Aug 2910:00 am
2019 sponsors are Pro PT, Larson Cable, Mack Metal and Lehmen's Tree Service.
Located to the west of Dakotaland Museum.
Events at the 2019 SD State Fair Strongman Competition are:
1. Throw for Distance
2. Overhead Press Medley
3. Trap Bar Dead Lift
4. Stones to Shoulder
5. Stone Carry
Saturday, Aug 312:30 pm
SD Stock Dog Assoc. State Fair Stock Dog Trials
Located in the Hippdrome
$500 added money
Thursday, Sep 3ALL DAY
Hippodrome$500 added by SD State Fair
Friday, Sep 410:00 am
Rodney Yost Horsemanship Demonstration
South of Hippodrome
Rodney Yost is a 4th generation South Dakota rancher who has been involved with the ranching and horse customs his entire life. He's been horseback since he was a baby in diapers on his family's ranch, started training ponies at the age of 10, and trained his first horse at the age of 13. Since then, he has become one of the top horse trainers and clinicians in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest. Over the past few years, Rodney has instructed many horsemanship clinics and demonstrations for all ages and riding levels. His unique training style and sense of humor have made him a sought after horsemanship clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is the first and only 5-time champion of the Crosswinds Ranch Colt Training Challenge that is held at Michigan State University every Spring, and has won multiple Ranch Horse Colt Futurity competitions. He has become known for creating a relationship with his horses to produce extremely supple, well-mannered, and responsive horses that are capable of many disciplines.
Connect with Rodney Yost Horsemanship Demonstration:
Friday, Sep 411:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, Sep 59:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pork Butt Battle
Are you a master of the BBQ pit? Competitors will square off to see whose pork butt will come out on top! All fairgoers are encouraged to come by the contest for the FREE people's choice tasting!
1st place: American Piggers
2nd place: B&B Food Factory
3rd place: Holy Smokes BBQ
People's Choice: Smoking Wheels
Friday, Sep 43:00 pm
SD Timed Event Championship
Open to youth ages 14-19
The area's elite youth rodeo contestants will compete in six timed events, including tie-down calf roping, barrel racing, team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping and steer wrestling. Any rodeo youth from across the country, ages 14-19, are eligible to compete for the title but entries are limited. Entry forms can be found at www.sdtimedeventchampionship.webs.com.
The overall winner not only receives the coveted title of SD Timed Event Champion but the use of a horse trailer sponsored in part by Iverson Featherlite. Event winners receive trophy saddles.
Sponsored in part by: Double D and Panhandle Slim
Connect with SD Timed Event Championship:
Saturday, Sep 510:00 am
Sunday, Sep 610:00 am
Classic Car Show
Located at the AARP Centennial Stage
Hosted by Sherwin Linton
Show - 11 am - 4 pm
Open to all cars made before 1993 (25 years old).
Trophies awarded at 4 pm to 1st-3rd place in People’s Choice Competition.
Saturday, Sep 511:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kids' Pedal Pull
Registration begins at 11 AM
Pedal Pull begins at 12 pm
1st and 2nd place is awarded in age each age group from 4-12 years of age in the boys' and girls' divisions.
Saturday, Sep 512:00 pm
Barrels Gone Wild Barrel Racing
Located in the Hippodrome
Information will be posted spring 2020.
Saturday, Sep 51:00 pm
Antique Tractor Show
AARP Centennial Stage
Hosted by Sherwin Linton
Antique Tractor Show - 11 am - 4 pm
Open to all antique tractors
Trophies awarded to 1st-3rd place in People’s Choice Competition
A 2020 entry form coming soon!
Sunday, Sep 611:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kids' Fish Catch
Located in Horticulture Park
Bring the kids down for some fish catching fun! Kids will be split up into four age divisions. When given the go-ahead, kids jump into a pond filled with trout to try their hand at catching one by hand! Kids who catch a tagged trout will receive a prize!