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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- 2016 State Fair Book (updated May 31, 2016)
- SDSU Extension Staff Contact Information
- South Dakota State Fair
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.
Contestant Forms & Guidelines
- 4-H Livestock Ownership Verification Affidavits & Deadlines, due June 1
- Constructed Clothing Entry Form (All Ages)
- Computers & Technology Entry Form
- Display Exhibits Entry Form
- Fashion Revue Contestant Packet
- Food Preservation: Entry Form and Score Sheet
- Ownership and Care of Your Pet (2016 not required for State Fair)
- Photography Exhibit - Entry Label
- Photography Videography Entry Form
- Public Presentation Guidelines
- Quilt Project Exhibit Entry Form
- Recipe Adaptation Worksheet
- Robotics Challenge Packet
- Selected Outfit Entry Form (Beginners)
- Selected Outfit Entry Form (Juniors)
- Selected Outfit Entry Form (Seniors)
- Special Foods: Handbook | Contestant Packet
Addendum to the 2016 SDSU Extension 4-H State Fair Book
Regarding health requirements for animals exhibiting in the 4-H divisions of the South Dakota State Fair: This verbiage was amended in an attempt to create consistent requirements over all livestock exhibitions at the South Dakota State Fair including Open Class shows, FFA shows, and 4-H shows.
A completed Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, listing individual animal official identification must accompany all animals exhibited at the South Dakota State Fair. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be issued within 30 days of Fair entry. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection written for animals originating from outside the State of South Dakota (except for horses, rabbits, and pets) must have a telephone import permit number listed on the certificate. The consignee must be listed as: South Dakota State Fair, 890 3rd St. SW Huron, SD 57350
- Exhibitors must have a separate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for each species of animal exhibited.
- Exhibitors with animals entering the State Fairgrounds between 7 AM and 10:00 PM must present a CVI to a representative of the South Dakota Animal Industry Board (AIB) at the gate. This CVI is retained by the exhibitor and given to the show superintendent when the exhibitor receives stall assignments.
- Stall assignment information should be written on the CVI.
- Place the CVI in a designated collection area.
Animals must be free of signs of communicable and infectious disease at the time of entry onto the Fairgrounds.
Any determination of the health status of an animal will be at the discretion of the State Veterinarian or official representative.
At the direction of the State Fair Commission, all animals will be subject to testing for foreign substances by the State Veterinarian
Exhibitors should turn in CVI at: 4-H Livestock Complex Office for all 4-H beef, goats, and sheep; Open Class Dairy Complex for dairy cattle; Open Class Swine Complex Office for 4-H swine; and 4-H Rabbit Building Office for 4-H rabbits, and Poultry/Rabbit Barn for 4-H poultry. Inspectors will keep CVI. Exception Cats ONLY: Exhibitors need to present the CVI when they check in for the Cat Show.
Additional Health Requirements
- Cattle: All dairy breed cattle coming from out-of-state, other than steers and spayed heifers, must be negative to an official test for tuberculosis within 60 days prior to entering South Dakota.
- Cats: Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required for all cats over 12 weeks of age.
- Poultry: All exhibition poultry must originate from a pullorum typhoid clean source or the equivalent, or be officially tested and found free of pullorum typhoid within 90 days prior to exhibition. Test information or source status must be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
- Breeding Sheep: Brucella ovis: Rams, six months of age and older, must have blood tested negative by the ELISA Test for brucella ovis within 30 days of entry for out-of-state rams and 60 days of entry for South Dakota origin rams, or come from a certified brucella ovis free flock within a current test date. Statements to appear on CVI: “Sheep are free from contagious and communicable disease” and “all animals are from non-quarantined flocks.”.
- Market Sheep: Statements to appear on CVI: “Sheep are free from contagious and communicable disease” and “all animals are from non-quarantined flocks.”.
Judge & Coordinator Resources
- Cat: Healthy Cat-Kitten
- Cat: Showmanship
- Dairy Cattle
- Dairy Cattle: Showmanship
- Dog: Agility
- Dog Showmanship
- Dog: Obedience Basic AB
- Dog: Obedience Graduate Novice
- Dog: Obedience Long-Sit Long-Down
- Dog: Obedience Novice
- Dog: Obedience Open
- Dog: Obedience Pre-Novice
- Dog: Obedience Pre-Open
- Dog: Obedience Pre-Utility
- Dog: Obedience Utility
- Dog: Rally
- Poultry: Showmanship
- Rabbit Show Remark Card
- Rabbit: Showmanship
- 4-H Static Exhibit Interview Judging: Tips for Judges
- 4-H Static Exhibit Judge’s Guidelines
- Aerospace and Rocketry
- Aerospace and Rocketry: Kites
- Aerospace and Rocketry: Water Launcher
- Child Development and Family Life
- Clothing and Textiles: Constructed Accessory Using Fabric
- Clothing and Textiles: Constructed Clothing
- Clothing and Textiles: Recycled Garment
- Clothing and Textiles: Selected Outfit
- Computers and Technology: Computer Presentation
- Computers and Technology: Computer Program
- Computers and Technology: Spreadsheet or Database Application
- Computers and Technology: Website
- Educational Display
- Educational Display: SET
- Educational Poster
- Engineering: Engineering Model
- Engineering: Popsicle Bridge
- Entomology and Bees
- First Aid
- First Aid: Emergency Pet Supply
- Food Preservation
- Food Preservation: Dried Fruits, Dried Herbs, Dried Vegetables
- Foods and Nutrition
- Foods and Nutrition: Muffins and Quick Breads
- Foods and Nutrition: Yeast Breads/Rolls/Bread Machine Breads
- Geology and Minerals
- Graphic Design
- Graphic Design: Cards for All Occasions
- Graphic Design: Magazine or Storybook
- Health: Sun Safety
- Hobbies and Collections
- Home Environment
- Home Environment: Constructed with Fabric and Quilted
- Home Environment: Finished/Refinished Item
- Horse and Pony
- Horticulture, Gardening and Landscaping
- Music and Dance: Composition
- Music and Dance: Music Genre
- Music and Dance: Performance Ensemble
- Music and Dance: Performance Solo
- Photography: Artistic Display
- Photography: Videography
- Plant Science: Crops and Weeds
- Poultry and Eggs
- Range Science and Pasture Management
- Sheep and Wool
- Shooting Sports: Shooting Safety Lesson
- Visual Arts
- Welding Science
- Wildlife and Fisheries
- Wildlife and Fisheries: Wildlife Notebook
- Wood Science
- Writing and Public Speaking: Poetry and Prose
- Fashion Revue
- Public Presentations: Demonstration
- Public Presentations: Illustrated Talk
- Public Presentations: Project Why
- Public Presentations: Public Speaking
- Special Foods Beginner
- Special Foods Junior
- Special Foods Senior
- Special Foods Recipe Worksheet
- Special Foods Serving Size Worksheet
- Special Foods Menu Worksheet
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Wool-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 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 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 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.