HURON, S.D. – The State Fair will be offering special themed days at the 2021 South Dakota State Fair thanks to the support of individual “day sponsors.”
The 2021 South Dakota State Fair runs Thursday, September 2, through Monday, September 6. Channel Seeds preview night will give locals a sneak peek at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 1.
Here’s a look at the lineup and our day sponsors making this year’s events possible:
Wednesday, Sept. 1, is Channel Seeds Preview Day. Preview Day at the State Fair offers free gate admission to allow fairgoers a sneak peek of the fair. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and all rides are $1 each. The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash kicks off the grandstand entertainment at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2, is Value Added Ag Day where attendees can experience value added agriculture in South Dakota. There are multiple sources of stress and adversity in farming and ranching; value added can offer alternative feedstocks and products to help get through hardships. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to visit with producers and see value added items being made across the state. An ice cream social will also be held at 3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on east Highway 14 in Huron prior to the fair to pick up a coupon for $1 off daily gate admission at the State Fair. Stop by the Prostrollo Motors Building to see the newest vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC including a great selection of 2020 and 2021 Chevy and GMC pickups with model year-end discounts. Also, sign up for a chance to win the “Best Seats in the House” at the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows in the Grandstand.
Saturday, Sept. 4, is SD Farmers Union Day. SD Farmers Union hosts events throughout the day celebrating the family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities from across the state of South Dakota that they so proudly represent. Highlighting the day of activities is the annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon (limited number of meals available) located in the tent near the Freedom stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In comparison to the retail price of the meal, $10, attendees will pay just $0.25 for a meal that showcases the farmer’s share on retail food dollars.
South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is sponsoring DPS Day at the State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 5. This year’s theme is about emergency preparedness – being ready for any type of emergency or natural disaster. DPS staff members will be present from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the Day Sponsor Tent site. There will be giveaways including the traditional DPS hats and visors, free bottles of water, a chance to renew your driver license (remember to bring two documents proving your address), and the ever-popular Highway Patrol dog demonstrations at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Among the many great giveaways will be free Tommy the Turtle disaster preparedness books that focus on preparedness for tornadoes, flooding, winter storms, and fires.
Join us for one last round of fun in ’21 on Monday, Sept. 6! Check off all the items on your fair bucket list before it’s over – indulge in your favorite fair food, buy that item on your wish list, take one last ride on the Ferris wheel, and enjoy the entertainment. Bring the entire family out to catch the ATV Big Air Tour sponsored by American Bank & Trust in the Grandstand at 1 p.m.! The show is free with paid gate admission.
Fairgoers can help to “stock the shelves’” on Monday, Sept. 6. Bring a non-perishable food item for the “Stock the Shelves” food drive between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and receive $2 off daily gate admission.
Also, on Monday, Sept. 6, the State Fair will be ‘paying it forward’ thanks to businesses that have banded together to sponsor gate admission passes. Fair officials will randomly hand out free passes at the gate admission entrances.
— South Dakota DANR