Visit for 2017 State Fair Results

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — It’s almost time for the South Dakota State Fair!

Keep up with 4-H’ers from your county and across the state during the 2017 South Dakota State Fair at where results and photos will be posted daily.

This year more than 3,000+ 4-H members from across South Dakota are expected to enter more than 17,000+ exhibits during the fair held Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017 in Huron.

“State Fair showcases the best of what our 4-H youth have gained in the form of project-based learning, leadership skills and public speaking,” said Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension director of youth development operations. “Youth are our future. I encourage the public to visit the Nordby Exhibit Hall to meet the best and brightest and show their support for them, their parents and the volunteers who make up South Dakota’s 4-H family.”

New in 2016, the expansive Nordby Exhibit Hall will feature much more than static exhibits. It will host several 4-H events like Special Foods demonstrations, public speaking presentations, Fashion Review and Performing Arts.

“4-H is as diverse as the youth we serve,” explained Donna Bittiker, SDSU Extension State 4-H Program Director. “4-H has a long history of evolving with the needs of its members. If you haven’t checked out 4-H livestock shows or visited member exhibits in a while, you’ll be amazed at all the new opportunities4-H offers its members.”

Bittiker added that State Fair is an excellent place to see 4-Hers, as young as 8, polishing their public speaking skills.

“Through judging, demonstrations and presentations 4-H members are developing public speaking and communication skills they will use well into their adult lives and future careers,” Bittiker said.

To view photos, results and to learn more, visit