South Dakota State Fair attendance figures announced

October 19, 2021
Mike Tanner

HURON, S.D.–This year’s South Dakota State Fair drew 181,459 visitors.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announced today that the five-day fair in Huron attracted more than 9,500 exhibits, and nearly 5,500 education entries in the Arts and Education building.

The State Fair hosted just shy of 2,000 campers, and spending on goods, concessions and carnival rides totaled more than $2.5 million.

The 2021 fair also marked the beginning of a historic transition for livestock at the South Dakota State Fair to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX with a groundbreaking ceremony held September 2nd.

The DEX is the new multi-purpose livestock and equestrian facility being built to replace the Open Class Beef Complex that was destroyed by fire last October. The DEX will be up and running in time for the 2023 State Fair.