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The South Dakota State Fair is the result of countless hours of dedication by 4-H members, parents, volunteers and staff. This page has been created as your go-to source for all of the information you need for 4-H exhibits at this year's fair. Visit this page often to find the latest entry information and schedules.

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Exhibitor Resources

May 31, 2016 Update: The 91st South Dakota Legislative Session allocated $50,000 to SDSU Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program to assist with reducing or eliminating exhibit registration fees in 2016. State 4-H exhibit registration fees will be waived at the S.D. State Fair and State 4-H Dog Show. Fees will be reduced at the State 4-H Horse Show. Exhibit registration fees are only one component of a 4-H member’s participation costs; some usage or supply fees from other organizations or facilities remain.

Use the button above to access South Dakota 4-H State Fair online registration between June 15 and August 1. Registration for all 4-H state fair events, including youth in action, will close on August 1. View the help sheet and video for more information about registration and submitting your invoice. Contact your SDSU Extension county 4-H office or Audrey Rider with questions about online registration.

 

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Judge & Coordinator Resources

 




Livestock Judges

Blake Bloomberg
Market & Breeding Beef Cattle

A Berwick, Illinois native, Blake Bloomberg is currently an Assistant Professor and Livestock Judging Coach at Oklahoma State University, coaching 3 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Teams in 2009, 2014 and 2015. He serves as the co-coach of their Meat Animal Evaluation Team that was the Reserve National Champion in 2010 and National Champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Blake was named the 2008, 2009 and 2014 National Collegiate Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Blake attended Black Hawk East Jr. College and was a member of the 2004-2005 judging team that was defeated only once and a member of the undefeated 2006 National Champion Livestock Judging Team for Texas A&M. Blake's background in the cattle business includes several champions in the Simmental, Hereford, Angus and Shorthorn breeds. He and his wife Wravenna continue to be active on his family's cattle and hog farm in west central Illinois. Blake has judged livestock shows in 42 states including events at the American Royal, North American International Livestock Exposition, National Western Stock Show, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Show, and several regional and state events.

Jill Nelson
Dairy Cattle

Jill Nelson, with her husband, Brian, own and operate Olmar Farms in Sleepy Eye, MN. The 100-Holstein operation has been in her family for 3 generations. Jill has judged the 4-H Dairy Cattle Show at the SD State Fair in the past.

Tyler Boles
Market & Breeding Meat Goats

Tyler Boles grew up in the small town of Asher, Oklahoma, where he was involved in his family’s club lamb and show goat operation. During this time, Tyler was active in 4-H and FFA while still helping his grandfather on the farm. Tyler quickly grew passionate for raising and showing livestock. Tyler attended Redlands Community College and then Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Education. While at Redlands and OSU, he was a member of two highly competitive livestock judging teams and was named a Junior College All-American in 2012. Currently, Tyler teaches science and is very involved in the junior livestock organizations in Oklahoma.

Robert Kramer
Dairy Goats

Robert Kramer has been breeding dairy goats for over 35 years. Kramer is a lifetime member of the American Dairy Goat Association and currently has a herd of 25 Lamancha goats

Reynold Loecker
Poultry

Reynold Loecker of Yankton, SD is a long-time poultry producer. He is the current South Dakota State Representative of the American Poultry Association. Loecker has judged several poultry shows in South Dakota as well as given presentations on poultry selection and show preparation.

Shane Ringdahl
Rabbits

Shane Ringdahl has been involved in the rabbit hobby for 15 years. He attended North Dakota State University and received his Master's Degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services. A native of North Dakota, Ringdahl grew-up actively participating in both 4-H and FFA. he has raised and exhibited Mini Rex rabbits for 15 years. Shane began showing at American Rabbit Breeders Association-sanctioned shows across the upper Midwest and became an ARBA-licensed judge in May 2015. In addition to judging at ARBA-sanctioned shows and fairs across the country, Shane works as a school counselor at several elementary schools in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Jim Effling
Rabbits

Jim Effling lives on an acreage near Clear Lake, SD, with his wife Nancy. Together, the Efflings started in the rabbit project when their now grown children started in 4-H. Jim has been raising rabbits for 20 years. Jim became an ARBA (American Rabbit Breeder's Association) judge about 7 years ago and raises Californian and New Zealand rabbits.

Mike Caskey
Meat-Type Breeding Sheep

Mike Caskey and his wife, Carrie, own and operate Pine Lawn Farms. The Caskeys breed purebred Hampshire sheep with their sons near Holland, MN. Mike has been an active judge on the state and regional level, and his farm has produced several state and national champions. Caskey has served as Chairman of the National Sheep Industry Development Board (SID), President of the American Hampshire Sheep Association, National Sheep Association, Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Association, and Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association. Mike and his family were all active in 4-H and FFA.

Bret Oelke
Meat-Type Breeding Sheep

Bret and his wife, Lorie, own and operate Riverview Livestock, raising purebred Suffolk and wether-type sheep at two locations in Minnesota. The Oelke’s have had success for generations breeding and exhibiting purebred and market livestock at all levels. This includes multiple champions at state fairs and national competitions including the National Junior Suffolk Show and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Bret has judged livestock at the local and state level in eight states for over 30 years and has coached 4-H and FFA livestock judging teams that have had success at both the state and national level. Bret graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in agriculture and from Kansas State University with a Masters of Agribusiness. Bret serves on the board of directors of several livestock and agricultural organizations, is a member of the executive committee of the Ak-sar-ben Stock Show and Rodeo and is on the superintendent team for sheep at the NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jimmy Davis
Market Sheep

Jimmy Davis joins the 2016 State Fair livestock judging team as a market sheep judge. Davis attended Cameron University and Oklahoma State University, where he received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. A tested veteran in agricultural education, Davis has been an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 24 years. He raises show lambs as well as breeding stock with his family in Walters, OK.

Chris Danner
Swine

Chris Danner of Chalmers IN, owns Purple Power Boar Stud, LLC with his wife, Susan. Since 2001, the Danner family has helped to transform the club pig industry through superior genetics and exceptional customer service. A native of Chalmers IN, Chris was involved in 4-H and FFA, showing cattle and swine. He has judged large state and regional shows in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Colorado as well as the World Pork Expo. Danner and his family are a driving force in the Field of Dreams Futurity Show and Sale in Lafayette, IN.


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