Dakota Farmer

Across the state, 4-H’ers will showcase their hard work at fairs this summer.

Kevin Schulz, Editor

June 1, 2022

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4-H members showing livestock at  fair
SHOW YOUR STUFF: In hopes of bringing home ribbons, 4-H members work hard on their projects, whether it be working with horticulture, building a rocket or showing livestock. Kevin Schulz

No South Dakota summer is complete without a full slate of county fairs and 4-H Achievement Days.

South Dakota State University Extension 4-H hosts county fairs and Achievement Days across the state, starting July 19 with the Walworth and Campbell counties Achievement Days for the static exhibits in Herreid. The Central States Fair in Rapid City on Aug. 19-28 wraps up the summer of county activity, before the big summer sendoff with the South Dakota State Fair on Sept. 1-5 in Huron.

County fairs and 4-H Achievement Days offer 4-H’ers an opportunity to showcase the hard work that they put into their projects and activities. In addition to working toward ribbons for their projects, 4-H members are learning by doing and developing skills that will serve throughout their lives — setting goals, working toward those goals and achieving those goals.

Related: Find a North Dakota fair to attend

Being involved in group 4-H activities also teaches 4-H members the importance of teamwork and communication. Make a summer of recognizing the hard work that these youth put into their projects and in improving themselves.

Recognizing that schedules will change occasionally, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of most of the county fairs, dates and locations for this summer in South Dakota. Check local county fair websites and South Dakota State University Extension for schedule details and up-to-date listings before planning to attend a fair.

2022 schedule

Fair and Achievement Days by date, county and location follow:

  • July 19. Walworth-Campbell Achievement Days (Static Exhibits), Herreid

  • July 20-22. Spink Achievement Days, Redfield

  • July 21-23. Moody County Fair, Flandreau

  • July 22-23. Walworth-Campbell Achievement Days (Livestock Exhibits), Selby

  • July 28. Dewey, Achievement Days, Timber Lake

  • July 29-30. Meade County Fair and Achievement Days, Sturgis

  • July 31-Aug. 1. Faulk Achievement Days, Faulkton

  • July 31-Aug. 4. Lincoln Achievement Days, Lennox

  • Aug. 1-2. Douglas Achievement Days, Armour

  • Aug. 1-2. McPherson Achievement Days, Leola

  • Aug. 1-3. Clark Achievement Days, Clark

  • Aug. 1-3. Davison Achievement Days, Mitchell

  • Aug. 1-3. Grant, Achievement Days, Milbank

  • Aug. 1-3. Miner, Achievement Days, Howard

  • Aug. 1-3. Roberts Achievement Days, Sisseton

  • Aug. 1-4. Brookings Achievement Days, Brookings

  • Aug. 1-4. Codington Achievement Days, Watertown

  • Aug. 1-4. Deuel Achievement Days, Clear Lake

  • Aug. 1-4. Hamlin Achievement Days, Hayti

  • Aug. 1-6. Butte-Lawrence County Fair, Nisland

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

  • Aug. 2-3. Lyman Achievement Days, Kennebec

  • Aug. 2-4. Beadle Achievement Days, Huron

  • Aug. 2-4. Marshall Achievement Days, Britton

  • Aug. 2 and 4-5. Lake Achievement Days, Madison

  • Aug. 2-6. Kingsbury Achievement Days, De Smet

  • Aug. 2-6. Tripp Mid Dakota Fair, Winner

  • Aug. 3-5. Edmunds Achievement Days, Ipswich

  • Aug. 4. Ziebach Achievement Days, Dupree

  • Aug. 4-5. Brule Achievement Days, Pukwana

  • Aug. 4-5. Hand Achievement Days, Miller

  • Aug. 4-6. Fall River County Fair, Edgemont

  • Aug. 4-6. Hutchinson County Fair, Tripp

  • Aug. 4-6. Sanborn Achievement Days, Forestburg

  • Aug. 4-6. Todd County Fair, Mission

  • Aug. 4-6. Union County Fair, Alcester

  • Aug. 4-6. Yankton County Fair, Yankton

  • Aug. 4-7. Perkins County Fair, Bison

  • Aug. 5-6. Bon Homme Achievement Days, Tyndall

  • Aug. 5-6. Charles Mix Achievement Days, Lake Andes

  • Aug. 5-6. Hyde Achievement Days, Highmore

  • Aug. 5-6. McCook Achievement Days, Salem

  • Aug. 5-13. Minnehaha Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls

  • Aug. 6-9 Potter Achievement Days and County Fair, Gettysburg

  • Aug. 7-8. Hanson Achievement Days, Alexandria

  • Aug. 7-8. Prairie Winds (Hughes and Stanley counties) Achievement Days, Fort Pierre

  • Aug. 8-9. Jones-Mellette Achievement Days, Murdo

  • Aug. 8-10. Gregory Achievement Days, Gregory

  • Aug. 8-10. Jerauld-Buffalo Achievement Days, Wessington Springs

  • Aug. 10-14. Bennett County Fair, Martin

  • Aug. 10-14. Day County Fair, Webster

  • Aug. 11-13. Clay County Fair, Vermillion

  • Aug. 11-14. Custer County Fair, Hermosa

  • Aug. 11-14. Sully County Fair, Onida

  • Aug. 12-13. Haakon-Jackson Achievement Days, Philip

  • Aug. 12-14. Corson County Fair, McIntosh

  • Aug. 15-18. Turner County Fair, Parker

  • Aug. 15-22. Brown County Fair, Aberdeen

  • Aug. 19-21. Harding Achievement Days and County Fair, Camp Crook

  • Aug. 19-28. Pennington Central States Fair, Rapid City

  • Sept. 1-5. South Dakota State Fair, Huron



About the Author(s)

Kevin Schulz

Editor, The Farmer

Kevin Schulz joined The Farmer as editor in January of 2023, after spending two years as senior staff writer for Dakota Farmer and Nebraska Farmer magazines. Prior to joining these two magazines, he spent six years in a similar capacity with National Hog Farmer. Prior to joining National Hog Farmer, Schulz spent a long career as the editor of The Land magazine, an agricultural-rural life publication based in Mankato, Minn.

During his tenure at The Land, the publication grew from covering 55 Minnesota counties to encompassing the entire state, as well as 30 counties in northern Iowa. Covering all facets of Minnesota and Iowa agriculture, Schulz was able to stay close to his roots as a southern Minnesota farm boy raised on a corn, soybean and hog finishing farm.

One particular area where he stayed close to his roots is working with the FFA organization.

Covering the FFA programs stayed near and dear to his heart, and he has been recognized for such coverage over the years. He has received the Minnesota FFA Communicator of the Year award, was honored with the Minnesota Honorary FFA Degree in 2014 and inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame in 2018.

Schulz attended South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural journalism. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and now belongs to its alumni organization.

His family continues to live on a southern Minnesota farm near where he grew up. He and his wife, Carol, have raised two daughters: Kristi, a 2014 University of Minnesota graduate who is married to Eric Van Otterloo and teaches at Mankato (Minn.) East High School, and Haley, a 2018 graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is married to John Peake and teaches in Hayward, Wis. 

When not covering the agriculture industry on behalf of The Farmer's readers, Schulz enjoys spending time traveling with family, making it a quest to reach all 50 states — 47 so far — and three countries. He also enjoys reading, music, photography, playing basketball, and enjoying nature and campfires with friends and family.

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