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The dress-a-calf contest is always a popular event at the fair.  It follows the community picnic, mutton bustin' and calf scramble this Friday.  All events are free to the public.
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The dress-a-calf contest is always a popular event at the fair. It follows the community picnic, mutton bustin' and calf scramble this Friday. All events are free to the public.

Jumping frogs, paint ball wars, livestock exhibits just a sampling of what you can see and do at the Meade County Fair


F.Ganje - July 25, 2018

STURGIS, SD – The Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days opens this Friday with hundreds of exhibits from both 4-H members and other crafters and growers from around the area and a host of fun and free events for the public.  Jenny Voigt, Meade County 4-H Advisor says the fair continues to improve and grow.

“Every year we evaluate what we did last year, try to make a few improvements and continue to grow the Meade County Fair,” says Voigt. “This year, there are more vendors coming. And more activities with Black Hills Paint Ball setting up an air-soft course and the Meade County Junior Leaders manning a bouncy castle. They have also added more activities to their Kids Carnival.”

She continues, “We partner with the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce Northern Hills Ag Fest committee who organizes the community picnic on Friday, July 27, 2018, followed by the mutton bustin’, calf scramble and dress-a-calf contest.  It’s a fun evening for families and it’s all free.”

The general public as well as 4-H families mingle and compare projects every year at fair time.  County fair’s such as this one offer a special atmosphere and sense of community, says Voigt. “I love the county fair.  Just visiting with people; having kids come out from town, country kids come in, all having a great time at the county fair, forming friendships and memories that are going to last a lifetime.”

Voigt says that interest in 4-H in general is growing in Meade County. But it’s always an ongoing personal challenge for Voigt to help establish more clubs in the state’s largest county in square miles but seventh in population.

“For the past five years, we’ve shown an increase in enrollment numbers. Currently were at around 300 4-H members and around 60 volunteers.”  She adds, “We need more clubs around the Piedmont and Summerset areas.  That’s one of my challenges – to bring the 4-H message to more kids and parents.”

From pie and ice cream socials to mutton busting’s and calf scrambles, there is truly something for everyone at the Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days.

“We love to see the public come out,” says Voigt.  “We love combining with communities where there’s something for everybody.  There’s a watermelon eating contest, a frog jumping contest and more.  The events are open to everyone and geared to young and old alike.”

Open class exhibit entries will be taken up to 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.  “We’ve added a few more areas for kids to exhibit such as wool classes. We’ve added incentive projects in clothing and electrical projects to try to grow those areas.”

For more information on how to enter and all Meade County Fair activities, go on line to Meadecountyfairsd.com or follow on Facebook at Meade County Fair &  4-H Achievement Days.  By phone, call 605-347-2436.

“I love the feel of the Meade County Fair in that it’s truly a county fair,” observes Voigt. “That’s what we’re going for.  When you come out to the fair, there is a lot to go do and see and everyone is welcome.”



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