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Old 08-05-2008, 04:09 PM
 
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I decided to post a question that I'm curious about...
It's fair time... or getting there depending on where you live. What are some of the county/regional fairs like in your area. What are the dates? Are you planning on going to any of them?
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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The 2008 Sturgis biker rally is the one of the largest biker rally in the nation where hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country come to, and it's going on all this week. Fun to go to even if you don't own a motorcycle.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:42 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Oh yea! I wonder how the numbers are out in Sturgis because I-90 has been full of bikers for several days now. We have never gone, but we decided we will plan on going~maybe next year?

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We're going to the Sioux Empire Fair over in Sioux Falls. We're going this Friday. We have tickets to see "Chicago".

Sioux Empire Fair - WH Lyon Fairgrounds

(Bet you're familiar with that one, MJ.)

The South Dakota State Fair is up in Huron. We generally go up there for a day.

South Dakota State Fair - Huron, SD

The Corn Palace Festival is in the town I live in and we generally at least go up to the midway even if we don't go to a concert.

The World's Only Corn Palace Festival, Mitchell, South Dakota

Some of these used to be later in the year, but everyone has moved up the dates. Always a good time.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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The Rally seems smaller this year but that may be because I went up to Sturgis last night while Kid Rock and John McCain were at the Buffalo Chip. Traffic between Rapid City and Sturgis was TERRIBLE!!! I hate driving during the Rally.

The Central States Fair in Rapid City will be August 15th-24th at the Pennington County Fairgrounds and Arena.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri
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I think the Iowa State Fair is the best STATE fair around....sorry South Dakota!! The IA State Fair is August 6-17 and has all the wonderful traditions galore--the butter cow, Ye Old Mill. If you haven't been there, you should go. I've heard people say they think the Minnesota State Fair is better, but I have been to both and you can't even try to compete with the Iowa State Fair.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:14 PM
 
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Danny, I can't imagine what its like in Rapid and the Hills right now... Motorcycles have been heavy around here even. I tend to avoid I-90 during the Rally though, especially the farther west.

Jammie whats the Corn Palace Festival like? Is it the county fair for Mitchell pretty much?

And I haven't been to the state fair in a long time... It's a plus if you're a farmer (my dad), but I think I'd find it fun even if I wasn't a farmer.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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the Brown County Fair, will be Aug. 11-17 in Aberdeen
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:00 PM
 
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debey, are you planning on going to the Brown County Fair? I will be there for the first day... Too bad I can't spend more time there.
Are you going to sell the Forestburg Melons there? You would have a good market!!
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:05 PM
 
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starting to get stuff lined up. First ''Foresrburg muskmelons'' have been picked, but the producers need another few days, to start getting ''numbers''. It sounds like
I will be at the ''stand'' afew times, this fall. .......I have missed being ''the pumpkin lady!..........
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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OMG, Forestburg melons!!! We ALWAYS have to pick some up on our way home from the State Fair.

The Corn Palace Festival is just a tradition they've had since the late 1800s. They are done with the redecorating of the Palace by that time and it was generally a celebration for harvest being over. Kind of the last big thing before winter sets in. They've moved the date up and it's kind of nice. At least it isn't chillly like it used to be when it was later in the season. We have a midway with rides and games and several places to play Bingo. Every night there is a different show. Just something to look forward to every year.
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