South Dakota State Fair breaks attendance goal

Farm Forum

HURON – South Dakota State Fair officials said the goal was to hit an attendance of 200,000 this year. Today, they announce attendance for the 2014 fair was 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s tally.

Camping reservation inquiries were at an all-time high, and the grandstand ticket office worked hard to keep pace with ticket sales.

“Exceeding our attendance goal really goes to show the SD State Fair is an agricultural and entertainment destination,” commented Jerome Hertel, SD State Fair manager. “Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the fair. We think we put together one of the most memorable fairs and look forward to using this energy to start putting together next year’s event!”

The amount of campers on the fairgrounds grew to 2,037 during the five day fair, an increase of 20 percent over 2013. Vending locations were sold out once again with over 500 spaces filled. Total grandstand tickets sold was up 26 percent. Just over 22,550 tickets were sold to the grandstand concert entertainment series.

GoldStar Amusements set a company record on Saturday for the most carnival ride sales in a single day. Overall, carnival sales were up 17 percent.

With a single day attendance of almost 50,000, Saturday was the largest day at the State Fair this year.

“For a five day fair, we average more attendance on a daily basis than any other fair in the region. In addition, our livestock numbers allow us to join the ranks of the large agricultural fairs and expositions in the tri-state region,” commented Hertel.