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NH Ag Fest, Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days offer family fun, entertainment

STURGIS, SD – The Northern Hills Ag Fest and the Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days will offer something for everyone at free events throughout the weekend in Sturgis.  Jenny Voight, 4-H Youth Program Advisor says it’s a county and city celebrations.

“We have activities throughout both days for families to come out and enjoy,” says Voight.  “It’s fun entertainment for the community.”

The Northern Hills Ag Fest on Friday, July 30th is an agricultural festival in celebration of all things ranching and farming.  The Ag Fest event includes a free community BBQ sponsored by local businesses, followed by family-friendly agriculture competitions including Dress-a-Sheep, a Calf Scramble, and the ever-popular Mutton Bustin’ event. Contact the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce for more information.

After going virtual last year, Voight says this year’s Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days July 30 and 31 promises a great come-back year for kids and adults alike

“Last year was definitely a disappointment for a lot of the kids,” she shared.  “They really look forward to the fair being their end-of-year celebration to showcase what they’ve worked on throughout the year, to get together with friends from across the county, and have a good time before they head off to school.”

She continued, “Last year the conversation always was we’re just going to make next year bigger and better. The 4-H leaders, fair board, and the fair office have worked really hard to have two days jam-packed with fun for the kids and also for the community.”

This year’s fair adds a Dunk Tank to the entertainment mix along with the traditional watermelon eating and frog jumping contests.  The Brandon Delzer Legacy Run is set for July 31 and there is a Lego Building Competition on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re really happy that two seniors from Sturgis Brown High School have taken on the Brandon Delzer Legacy 5K Run,” says Voight.  “We love that we are able to host that event.  Brandon was a 4-H member as well as a cross country athlete. It’s a great joint effort between the two entities.”

If you’re into horse shoeing, spinning wool or gardening, there are workshops at the fair on the Meade County Fairgrounds, just for you. Exhibit entries are up as are numbers for beef, sheep and poultry projects. The livestock premium sale is on Saturday afternoon beginning at 3:30 pm.

“We’re thankful for all the businesses and people who support and donate to prizes and awards we give out,” observes Voight.  “Meade County has over 300 members  across the county so it takes a lot of sponsors and donors. We’re thankful they still believe in it and support the kids.”

For more details, go on line to https://www.meadecountyfairsd.com/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/meadecountyfairsd/  and also at https://sturgisareachamber.com/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SturgisChamberofCommerce

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