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Normalcy returns to summer 2021.

Kevin Schulz

June 22, 2021

3 Min Read
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LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT: 4-H members across South Dakota get to shine once again after COVID-19 canceled a lot of county fairs and achievement days across the state in 2020. This summer offers a full slate of achievement days and county fairs. Smith Collection/Gado /Getty Images

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a three-part series keeping you up to date on fairs and achievement days in the Dakotas. Read the first story here.

Youth are our future, and this summer is shaping up to provide young people across South Dakota a chance to shine.

While COVID-19 greatly reduced the chance for 4-H’ers to show off the hard work they put into their livestock and static projects during 2020, this summer offers a full slate of achievement days and county fairs across the state. Those 4-H’ers who missed out on sharing their hard work last summer are anxiously waiting to get in front of judges this summer.

Every county in the state may not have a county fair, but achievement days are found in most counties. If you want to see the best that South Dakota’s youth have to offer, save this listing and check out a county fair or achievement day near you.

Of course, the South Dakota State Fair in Huron signifies the end of the summer, but there’s a full calendar of fun and achievement before then:

  • July 24 Jones/Mellette Counties Livestock Show, Murdo

  • July 26-27 Jones/Mellette Counties Achievement Days, Murdo

  • July 26-27 Lyman County Achievement Days, Kennebec

  • July 26-28 Lincoln County Achievement Days, Canton

  • July 26-28 Roberts County Achievement Days, Sisseton

  • July 26-29 Deuel County Achievement Days, Clear Lake

  • July 26-29 Lincoln County Achievement Days, Lennox

  • July 26-29 Spink County Achievement Days, Redfield

  • July 26, 29-30 Fall River County Achievement Days, Edgemont

  • July 26-31 Butte/Lawrence County Fair, Nisland

  • July 27 Walworth/Campbell Counties Static Exhibits Achievement Days, Herreid

  • July 27-31 Kingsbury County Achievement Days, De Smet

  • July 28-31 Moody County Fair, Flandreau

  • July 29 Dewey County Fair, Timber Lake

  • July 30-31 Bon Homme County Achievement Days, Tyndall

  • July 30-31 McCook County Achievement Days, Salem

  • July 30-31 Meade County Fair and Achievement Days, Sturgis

  • July 30-31 Walworth/Campbell Counties Livestock Exhibits and Achievement Days, Selby

  • July 30-Aug. 1 Hutchinson County Fair, Tripp

  • Aug. 1-2 Faulk County Achievement Days, Faulkton

  • Aug. 1-2 Hanson County Achievement Days, Alexandria

  • Aug. 1-3 Prairie Winds (Hughes/Stanley Counties) Achievement Days, Fort Pierre

  • Aug. 2-3 Aurora County Achievement Days, Plankinton

  • Aug. 2-3 Douglas County Achievement Days, Armour

  • Aug. 2-3 McPherson County Achievement Days, Leola

  • Aug. 2-4 Grant County Achievement Days, Milbank

  • Aug. 2-4 Miner County Achievement Days, Howard

  • Aug. 2-5 Brookings County Achievement Days, Brookings

  • Aug. 2-5 Clark County Achievement Days, Clark

  • Aug. 2-5 Codington County Achievement Days, Watertown

  • Aug. 2-5 Marshall County Achievement Days, Britton

  • Aug. 2-6 Hamlin County Achievement Days, Hayti

  • Aug. 3-5 Beadle County Achievement Days, Huron

  • Aug. 3-7 Tripp County Mid Dakota Fair, Winner

  • Aug. 4-6 Brule County Achievement Days, Pukwana

  • Aug. 4-6 Edmunds County Achievement Days, Ipswich

  • Aug. 5 Ziebach County Achievement Days, Dupree

  • Aug. 5-6 Hand County Achievement Days, Miller

  • Aug. 5-7 Davison County Achievement Days, Mitchell

  • Aug. 5-7 Lake County Fair, Madison

  • Aug. 5-7 Sanborn County Achievement Days, Forestburg

  • Aug. 5-7 Todd County Fair, Mission

  • Aug. 5-7 Union County Fair, Alcester

  • Aug. 5-7 Yankton County Fair, Yankton

  • Aug. 5-8 Perkins County Fair, Bison

  • Aug. 6-7 Charles Mix County Achievement Days, Lake Andes

  • Aug. 6-15 Minnehaha County Fair, Sioux Falls

  • Aug. 7-10 Potter County Fair, Gettysburg

  • Aug. 9-11 Gregory County Achievement Days, Gregory

  • Aug. 9-11 Jerauld/Buffalo Counties Achievement Days, Wessington Springs

  • Aug. 11-15 Bennett County Fair, Martin

  • Aug. 11-15 Day County Fair, Webster

  • Aug. 12-14 Clay County Fair, Vermillion

  • Aug. 12-15 Custer County Achievement Days, Hermosa

  • Aug. 13-14 Haakon/Jackson Counties Achievement Days, Phillip

  • Aug. 13-14 Hyde County Fair, Highmore

  • Aug. 13-15 Corson County Fair, McIntosh

  • Aug. 13-15 Sully County Achievement Days and County Fair, Onida

  • Aug. 16-19 Turner County Fair, Parker

  • Aug. 16-22 Brown County Fair, Aberdeen

  • Aug. 20-22 Harding County Fair, Camp Crook

  • Aug. 20-29 Pennington (Central States Fair), Rapid City

  • Sept. 2-6 South Dakota State Fair, Huron

Note that dates and schedules are subject to change, so check with local sources for more information.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Schulz

senior content specialist, The Farmer

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