“Chalk it up to Ag” at the SD State Fair


(Huron, SD) - As a tribute to agriculture, the South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with SD Farm Bureau (SDFB) to “Chalk it up to Ag” with an interactive chalk art contest during the fair Sept. 1-5 in Huron, S.D. “Chalk it up to Ag” will feature agriculture chalk art designs up and down Farm Bureau Avenue, along 3rd Street, during the five-day fair.


Experienced chalk artists are being sought and encouraged to fill out an application that can be found on www.sdstatefair.com or by calling the State Fair Office at 605.353.7340. Six chalk artists will be chosen to create agricultural masterpieces at the SD State Fair and receive prizes.


“South Dakota Farm Bureau is excited to showcase agriculture in this unique way during the South Dakota State Fair,” said Krystil Smit, SDFB executive director. “Just imagine chalk art renderings of an agricultural scene filling the pavement on Farm Bureau Avenue on 3rd Street – and fair-goers having the chance to vote on their favorite design! We can’t wait to see how these talented artists ‘Chalk It Up to Ag’ in this special contest.”


“The State Fair is a celebration of agriculture so we are excited to be able to showcase it in this creative manner,” commented State Fair director Peggy Besch.


The “Chalk it up to Ag” drawings will be voted on in a people’s choice manner. The winner will receive a trophy and cash prize.


The 2016 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 5. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 31. This year’s theme is “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this