State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest

The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate! Sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Industries Association, competitors will test their creative talents utilizing any materials to create a poultry or fowl exhibit in the contest.

The exhibits will be on display in the Poultry Barn for the length of the fair. Judging categories include Most Creative and Most Lifelike and will be broken down to ages 17 and younger and ages 18 and older. A $100 prize will be awarded to the top winner in each category, with a $50 prize for second place. Entries will be judged on Friday, Sept. 4, and must preregister prior to Aug. 29. Registration forms can be found at

In lieu of recent Avian Flu outbreaks across the Midwest, the live poultry shows have been suspended at the South Dakota State Fair. No live animals will be allowed.

Live poultry may be absent from the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, but the Poultry barn will still host plenty of events throughout the fair including several presentations on poultry health, updates on the Avian Flu, Ag Heritage Museum old time poultry exhibit and a lunch sponsored by Dakota Provisions.

Monday, Sept. 7, is Poultry Party Day: Poultry Education at the State Fair and will feature a “Calling all Redheads” contest at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage. The closest red-haired person to match the color of a Rhode Island Red Chicken will win a prize sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Fanciers Association. Other fun activities include a “Something to Crow About: Bird Calling Contest” and “State’s Largest Chicken Dance.”

The 2015 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 7. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Sept. 2. This year’s theme is “Sew it. Grow it. Show it.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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