Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Brown County Fair, from concerts to food (2022)

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Brown County Fair, from concerts to food (1)

Thousands of people will converge on the Brown County Fairgrounds next week for a mixture of entertainment, food, and youth and family activities.

The Brown County Fair runsMonday through Aug. 21 at the fairgrounds on the north side of Aberdeen.

Fair Manager Rachel Kippley, who took over the post earlier this year, said she's cautiously optimistic about this year's schedule of events, which includes some new features along with some old favorites and even the return of a past event.

$2 Tuesdayat the fair

Kippley said one of thenew features is $2 Tuesday. This is a food vendor promotion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday,she said, duringwhich fairgoerscan purchase sample portionsof fair foodfor $2.

About half the food vendorswill be participating, she said. Look for the vendors with the red, white and blue posters.

Brown County Fair Foundation fundraisers include 5K run, benches

Avid runners can participate ina 5-kilometerrun/walk/bike event on Aug. 20. Kippley said previous fairs have featured a 5K run, with the last held in 2016. Registration is $30 per person with a $20rate available for student cross-country athletes. While this has been a memorial run in years past, it is nowa fundraiser for the Brown County Fair Foundation. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Brown County Fair Foundation is also raising funds by seeking sponsors for benches at the fairgrounds. To date, Kippley said, 27 of 32 sponsorships have been sold. Thebenches will be placed under the NVC and Ken's tents, she said,

Ride Line available by appointment

Those who have previously used a shuttle for a quick trip to the fairgrounds will now need to make an appointment with Ride Line. In years past, Ride Line has had shuttles picking up people at specific spots around town. That is not happening this year, Kippley said.

Ride Line is a community transit service in Aberdeen thatpeople can call at least a day in advance to arrange a ride. The cost is $2 each way.

Transportation Director Rich Krokel said appointments must be made the day before by 4 p.m. Call 605-626-3333 to arrange a ride.

Camping expanded, fully reserved for 2022

Additional camping options are alsoavailable this year with 160 new primitive camping spots and 60 electrical sites on the east side of the fairgrounds. Thecamping expansion uses land acquiredin 2019. That's when the county procuredthe 40 acres of land next to the fairgrounds in exchange for property the county owned atRichmond Lake.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Brown County Fair, from concerts to food (2)

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Kippley said an agreement with Northern Electric Cooperative helped establishthe 60 new camping sites with electricservice, and future plans include additional electrical sites in 2023 and 2024. Another 72 sites will be added next year with 39 more in 2024, if the county budgets enough money.

Thesites will fill the need for somepeople who have been on a waiting list for camping sites on the fairgrounds, and all available sites are already claimed. Kippley said the waiting list has about 550 people, but also includes some people who are using primitive sites this year.

QR codes can be used for vendor map, volunteer opportunities

For those who can't remember if their favorite booth isin the Holum Expo Building or the Odde Ice Arena, and those who want to plan out their food menu,there's a map for that.

This year's fair book features a square QR codethat can be scanned with a smartphone tolink to a website that not only lists all of the vendors,butshows where theyare on the grounds.

The desktop version of that map can be found

Not only is ita handy tool to check and see if that favorite product or food vendor will be at the fair, but it can also help locate some new places to check out.Because it's mobile, those at the fair can use it to find what booth everyone is talking aboutor find a new part of the fairgrounds to explore.

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Kippley said the vendor map and online listing is a new feature available through an agreement with EventHub, which is beingused to take reservations for all of this year's vendors.

Grandstand ticket prices higher during fair week

While it's not unusual for grandstand concert ticket prices to go up during the week of the fair, this year they will cost a little more. Beginning Monday, tickets for individual concerts will go up $10and three- and-four day grandstand ticket packs will go up $20. In the past, the increasewas $5.

Until Monday, single concert tickets are $40 for general admissionor $50 for reserved seating. A three-day general admission package is $70, which covers the concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and a three-day reserved package is $90. The four-day general admission package is $100.

Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowmen kick off grandstand entertainment

Grandstand concerts begin Wednesday. A list of performers follows.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 17: Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen.
  • Thursday, Aug. 18: Craig Morgan with special guests Danielle Bradberry and Callista Clark.
  • Friday,Aug. 19: Seether with special guests Saliva and Emissary Echo.
  • Saturday: Scotty McCreery with special guests Parmalee and Larry Fleet.

Concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Larry Gerlach Grandstand. Tickets can be purchased Only clear bags are allowed inside the grandstand.

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Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Brown County Fair, from concerts to food (3)

Tickets prices increase Tuesday for all-day carnival passes

All-day carnival wristbands are $30 this year and increase to $35 starting Tuesday. The Todd Armstrong carnival schedulefollows.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 16: 5-11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17: through Saturday, Aug. 20: 1-11 p.m.
  • Aug. 21: 1-5 p.m.

Cowboy Channel plus to livestream Dacotah Stampede Rodeo

The balance of the events at the grandstand include the Dacotah Bank Stampede Rodeo on Mondayand Tuesday($10 for children,$15 for adults) and an antique tractor pull on Aug. 21.

Both rodeoevents beginat 7 p.m.,and the tractor pull, which is free, begins at 1:30 p.m. Rodeo ticket prices don't change the week of the fair, but Kippley said demand for the eventis high and ticketsare often sold out before the fair begins.

Each evening features seven events with a maximum of 10 competitors in each event.

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This year's rodeowill be livestreamed on Cowboy Channel,a streaming subscription service, Kippley said. The Cowboy Channel will also rebroadcast the rodeo at a later date.

Sponsorships were also increased this year to accommodate higher payouts for winners that are above the shared purse. Kippley said those payouts increased by $500this year to $2,500 per winner.

Antique tractor parade precedes tractor pull

An antique tractor parade will wind through the fairgrounds beforethe Aug. 21 tractor pull. The parade will be led by the Northern State University Marching Wolves and will begin at 1 p.m. on the east side of the grandstand.

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In addition to featuring antique and unique tractors, those who want to decorate their golf carts andside-by-sides can join in. Participants should be lined up by 12:30 p.m.

'Stellar' free entertainment options abound on grounds

This year's fair has a mix of new activities along with continuation ofpopular contests like Minute to Win It on Saturday, Aug. 20at 1:45 p.m.,the Aberdeen Federal Credit Union Rising Star Competition Wednesdayat 6 p.m. and Veggie 500 races in the Avera Kid's Zone at 2 p.m. Thursdaythrough Aug. 21.

Some of the new events this year include:

  • Money hunt events sponsored each day by American Bank & Trust. These areat 1:30 p.m. in the Avera Kid's Zone. Thehunts begin Tuesday and run through Aug. 21.
  • While many fairgoers willbe enjoying the grandstand concert on Thursday,Aug. 18 families with young children and other fairgoerswillhave the option to enjoy family movie night in the Avera Kid's Zone. The Disney movie "Moana" will start at 9 p.m. and is sponsored by theAberdeen Area Association of Realtors.

Some new bands will also be providing entertainment under the tents. Kippley said the Devon Worley Band, featuring country-rock,plays Friday, Aug. 19, under the NVC Tent and again Saturday, Aug. 20, under the Ken's Tent.

Mo Town, featuring rhythm and blues from the 1960s and 1970s, is also performing multiple shows Friday, Aug. 19, under the Ken's Tent and again on Saturday, Aug. 20, under the NVC Tent.

A full schedule of events, activities and entertainment can be found onl

Entertainment, chili cook-off set for Centennial Village

Additional entertainment can be found at Centennial Village, with one of the more popular fair events on Saturday, Aug. 20. That's the South Dakota State Chili Cook-off.

Team check-in and booth set up beginsat 7 a.m. with a cooks meeting at 8 a.m., and the competition beginning soon after. Public tasting and judging is at 2 p.m. For registration details go to

Anew chili cook-off feature this year is the Run the Gamuthot sauce-tasting challenge sponsored by the Red Rooster Coffee.

Entertainment at Centennial Village includes:

  • Karaoke by Mark Remily at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, and Tuesday, Aug. 16.
  • Barstool Prophets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18.
  • Bad Dawgat 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Clubhouseentertainmentbegins Monday

Entertainment is also planned at the Clubhouse beer garden near the grandstand. That schedule includes:

  • Dustin Evans & the Good times Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20.
  • Celebration Entertainment DJ/Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
  • Retro Active '80s rock band from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18.
  • The Clubhouse is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20; and 1 to 5 p.m. onAug. 21.

Agadventure area expands

A new feature in 2021 was an ag adventure area in the southeast corner of the Odde Ice Center. Itfeatured interactive children's activities, and it will return with expanded offerings this year. It's sponsored byGlacial Lakes Energy and others.

Kippley said one of the new features is an obstacle course in whichparticipants do a variety of activities that include drivingthrough a corn field, takingcorn to an elevator, usingdried distilled grainto feed livestock andfilling up their vehicles with ethanol.

Dried distilled grains are the byproduct that's left after corn is processed into ethanol.

Fair will feature exhibits from 250 4-H members

The fair features a host of exhibits from 4-H'ersand community members. This year, 250 4-H members will be showing livestock,static exhibits or a combination of both.

Local 4-H Youth Advisor Becca Tullar said community members interested in seeing highlights of 4-H youth in action should check out the Night at the Fair with 4-H under the Ken's Tent on Thursday, Aug. 18.

It will feature 4-H members who will give their public presentations,a fashion show from 4-H Fashion Revue participants,a slide show of food prepared by Special Foods participants and the 4-H royalty coronation. All of that happens afterthe 4-H barbecue, which begins at 5 p.m.

Tullar said the variety of animal shows and exhibits provide"something for everyone." The companion animal show on Friday, Aug, 19, is something for whose who want to see a variety of animals. Theshow begins at 1 p.m. in the Hollum Expo Building addition in the DemKota Ranch Beef show ring. Tullar said this is where more unique animals can be found, includinggerbils, birds, lizards and even spiders.

Dairy goat entries also have an extra competition this year. Tullar said those who enter goats that are milking can participate in the the American Dairy Goat Association milking contest. Itstarts with a milk-out during whichthe goats are milked dry Friday, Aug.19at 7:30 p.m. The goats are then milked twice on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tullar saidthe milk is weighed and tested, and the results become part of the goat's record.

As always, the fair is free to attend and offers free parking.

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