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Top 5 Best Activities at the Rapid City Central States Fair!

Posted by Steve Michelson on 8/10/17 2:06 PM

Rapid City Central State Fair

Come one, come all to the annual Central States Fair taking place in Rapid City!

From August 18-27, the Central States Fair is on, offering fair-goers a chance for some wholesome, local fun. 

You and your group will enjoy rides, live entertainment, a carnival, vendors, livestock shows, and much more. Keep reading to find out what to expect at this year's Central States Fair!

Top 5 Things to Do at the Central States Fair

With ten days of fun and nine nights of entertainment, you're sure to find something to do at the Central States Fair. Gate admission to the fair is $3, and all children six-years-old and under get in for free.

Here are some top five things to do to make your fair visit the best it can be!

1. Feast on fair food from a variety of vendors. 

Central States Fair Food Rapid City

Corn dogs. Funnel cake. Fried cheese.

Is your mouth watering yet? It's okay to enjoy greasy, fair food once a year. Vendors will be lined up ready to take your order. Bon appétit!

2. Attend live performances happening during the day or at night.

Live shows and entertainment will be available every day and every night. The Grandstand entertainment will include: Motocross, Demolition Derby, three nights of concerts, Ranch Rodeo and three nights of PRCA Range Days Rodeo.

Nine Nights of Grandstand Entertainment: 

  • Friday, August 18: Supercross 
  • Saturday, August 19: Demolition Derby 
  • Sunday, August 20: The Band Perry 
  • Monday, August 21: LOCASH & Trace Adkins 
  • Tuesday, August 22: Dan + Shay & Drake White and The Big Fire 
  • Wednesday, August 23: Ranch Rodeo 
  • Thursday, August 24: PRCA Rodeo 
  • Friday, August 25: PRCA Rodeo 
  • Saturday, August 26: PRCA Rodeo

For further day and grandstand performance details, check out the Central State Fair event itinerary

3. Pet the animals at the Barnyard Petting Zoo.

The Barnyard Petting Zoo is full of farm animals raised in South Dakota. Meet a variety of four-legged friends, like goats, sheep, cows, horses, and many more!

Visitors are welcomed to pet and feed the livestock located in the Little Red Barn just south of the Fine Arts Building.

4. Explore the fair rides.

Central States Fair Rides Rapid City

You have to go on at least one ride while you're at the fair. Isn't that a rule?

Take a spin on classic carnival rides, like the ferris wheel or merry-go-round. 

5. Learn about livestock at a livestock show.

Livestock shows are a staple at the Central States Fair in Rapid City.

Come learn about varying farm animal breeds. Exhibitors from all over will be there willing and ready to answer any questions you have.

Get There Safe in a New Car for Sale in Rapid City!

Besides visiting the fair, stop in to your local Rapid City Honda dealer for fair prices on your next vehicle!

Ride on down during the Honda Summerbration Sales Event going on now through Labor Day on Monday, September 4. We're offering huge savings, low interest rates, and low monthly payments on our entire selection of new Honda cars in Rapid City! 

During recent storm weather, some of our inventory received minor hail damage. So if you're really looking for a deal, we have additional savings going on now!


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