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Be a part of the 2022 Central States Fair! "We showcase agriculture, tourism, and our community." Open Class exhibits are a perfect example of this mission! Everyone is welcome to enter. We love to see the open Class buildings brimming with your accomplishments and talents for fairgoers of all ages to enjoy. It's amazing to see all the creativity and talent.

Open Class Premium books now available at the Fair Office (800 San Francisco St.).

Exhibit Building Schedules & Deadlines

  • Open Class exhibits are open to everyone.
  • Photography and Literary entries due: Wednesday, July 27 through Wednesday, August 3 in the Fair office (800 San Francisco Street), 9am-3pm. No exceptions.
  • Rabbit & Cavy entries due: Saturday, August 20 by 8:45am in the Rabbit Building.
  • Open Class entries due: Thursday, August 18, 4-7pm and Friday, August 19, 9am-12:45pm (at appropriate Division buildings).
  • Judging: Friday, August 19, 1pm. Closed to the public.
  • China entries due: Friday, August 19, 8am-12pm. Judging follows.
  • Exhibit Buildings open to public: August 20-27, 12-7pm daily.
  • Horticulture release and pick up: Wednesday, August 24, 4-7pm.
  • Entry release and pick up: Sunday, August 28, 11am-1pm.
  • Premium pick up: Sunday, August 28, 11am-2pm ONLY in the Fine Arts building. Exhibits and premiums not claimed by 2pm on August 28 are forfeited and become the property of Central States Fair, Inc.

Class Cancellations

NOTICE: China Painting, Fine Arts, and Needlework are cancelled unless superintendents can be found for these divisions.

Please contact the Fair office for the status of these divisions (605.355.3861).


Rapid City, SD — Central States Fair has cancelled the 2022 Open Class Poultry, Waterfowl, Rare Birds and Pigeons show in an effort to protect the local poultry industry and backyard flocks from potential exposure to the H5 avian influenza virus.

Ron Jeffries, Central States Fair General Manager said “after discussions amongst staff and Poultry superintendents, we felt it best to cancel the Open Class bird shows this year.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Avian flu has been detected in poultry flocks around the Midwest and in other parts of the country. In South Dakota the virus has primarily been wiping out turkey flocks. Dr. Mendel Miller, South Dakota Animal Industry Board assistant state veterinarian said the virus is so deadly that once it gets into a flock, all of the birds are dead within a couple days. The birds are destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading.

The Central States Fair takes place August 19-27 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.

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