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Sioux Empire Fair Kicks Off

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If you’re in the mood for some fair food, carnival rides and farm exhibits, you’re in luck. The Sioux Empire Fair at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds kicked off Friday.

While this is the 74th Annual Sioux Empire Fair, some changes and additions have been made this year. It’s something coordinators say will keep fair-goers coming back again and again.

The rides may not be packed just yet, but on Friday afternoon, vendors and volunteers were busy preparing for the fair and getting some new attractions ready, including some new rides.

"I see we have three farris wheels this year which I don't think we had last year," said volunteer, Jo Beal.

But additional farris wheels aren't the only thing that's new.

"We have a few different vendors this year, not as many as last year because we wanted to have more original ones", said Beal.

Coordinators say they are also offering some food options that weren't here previous years,

"A new one I just saw go up was our new seafood place where we offer seafood sandwiches," said Beal.

The Exhibits are expanding as well, bringing in another building for Old McDonalds barn. That means more room for more animals.

"I see old McDonalds barn is setting up and they are expanding into another building so it's 2 buildings and not just one," said Beal.

But Even though the fair has some new attractions, some old favorites are coming back too.

Vendor Richard Taulelle runs the Corn Dog trailer at the fair each year.

"This is my 26th year," said Taulelle.

Even though he travels around the area, he says he appreciates the Sioux Empires Fair more than most.

"I love coming to South Dakota and I love the people over here and the fair management over here," said Taulelle.

Another thing the fair is doing differently is admission to the concerts. It costs $7 to get into the gate and you can go to the concert with that ticket. Advanced tickets are not sold this year. It’s a first come, first serve basis. A Pro-rodeo will occur Saturday and Sunday, which is something else that’s new to the grandstand.

Gates open this weekend at 8 a.m. The $7 admission price starts at 10 a.m. The gates will open at 1 p.m. Monday thru next Friday.

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