Gear up for the party of a century by planning for the following Centennial Sully County Fair events.
The Sully County Historical Society and the Sully County Commission invite the community to tour the courthouse from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. There will be a ribbon cutting to officially dedicate the restored courthouse dome at 4:00 p.m. Courthouse tours will also be offered on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m.-noon.
Line up at the courthouse at 5:45 p.m. on August 11, and under their own power, guide their float down Main Street to Cedar Avenue. After marching or pedaling their parade, kiddies will take a seat with their parents along the parade route to watch the main parade.
Parade entries should line up behind the former fair board members float by the Methodist Church at 6:15 p.m. in order to parade down Main Street starting at 6:32 p.m.
SUPPER AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
In celebration of the hundredth Sully County Fair, the centennial parade will be followed by a meal at the fairgrounds, sponsored by Thomas Ranch, Sully Co 4H council, Voorhees Cattle Company, Bank West, Oahe Grain, CHS-River Plains, Rausch Construction, and Brocks Butcher Block. An heirloom Sully County Quasiquicentennial over/under Mossberg shotgun will be auctioned during the kickoff meal.
From 7:30-10:00 p.m. The Dueling Duo will perform their unique brand of all-request dueling pianos on the fairgrounds stage. The Duo is unparalleled in their combination of musicianship, humor and songbook. While many shows offer medleys, they are typically well rehearsed and planned out ahead of time…not so at a Duo show! Since you, the audience are choosing, the three men (there’s 3 people in a duo, right?) wiggle their way in and out of whatever musical choices are thrown at them. Sponsored by Sunrise Bank Dakota and Todd and Tanya Yackley.
To cap off the centennial fair’s opening day, fairgoers will gather in the grandstand to view the commercial fireworks display over the arena. Sponsored by Yackley Ranches.
ENTER / VIEW EXHIBITS
The Sully County Fair was organized in 1923 through the efforts of a group of people who felt there should be some way by which the results of the use of improved farming practices could be brought before the eyes of every citizen of the county. At that time, most exhibits consisted of farm crops and produce; the tradition of exhibiting the county’s best will continue at the hundredth fair when Open Class exhibits for flowers, gardening, eggs, baking, textiles, quilting, crops, canning and animals are entered on Friday, August 12 from 8:00-10:00 a.m., and the exhibit buildings open at 2:00 p.m.
From noon-9:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Madison Bradberry will be selling sno-cones as a fundraiser for her participation in the Macy Parade.
PEDAL TRACTOR PULL
A Sully County Fair hit since 1995, the Pedal Tractor Pull starts at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12 at the fairgrounds stage. Kids 4-12 years pedal weighted sleds a distance of 25 feet. Kids younger than 4 will also have a chance to pull; their sleds won’t be weighted. After the kids compete, a ‘Powder Puff’ competition will be held among the mothers. The self-esteem building, smile generating competition is sponsored by Lamb’s Implement.
Around twenty years has lapsed since the Sully County Fair’s midway last saw a carnival, but amusement rides will again take center stage during the centennial Sully County Fair August 11-14, 2022. Since there will be a carnival, the usual inflatables amusements won’t be operating. The carnival will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday and from 1:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday.
A feature event both evenings during the Sully County Catfish Stampede Rodeo August 12-13 will be mutton bustin’. The event is put on by the Sully County Rodeo Club. Kids ages 6 and under who enter will be given a sheep to ride. Wearing long sleeves, jeans and closed-toe shoes, they will attempt to ride the sheep for six seconds without getting bucked off. On both evenings, the participant who has the longest ride will receive a prize. Safety gear will be provided by Sutton Rodeos. There is no fee to ride, and parents are required to sign a waiver before their rider can participate. Sponsored by John Curry.
Just before the start of the Catfish Stampede during the Sully County Fair on Friday evening, the Fair Board will be honoring advocates of the Fair and Rodeo.
Featuring bull fighters, specialty acts, professional rodeo clown and barrelman, and rodeo announcer along with rodeo music, the Catfish Stampede Rodeo saddles up at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2022 during the centennial Sully County Fair.
WHEAT LAND LIONS HOMEMADE DESSERTS AND COFFEE
The Wheat Land Lions Club will sell homemade desserts in the Centennial Building during the Catfish Stampede Friday and Saturday evenings at the Sully County Fair. The Lions will sell their confections along with coffee and soda pop. The money raised will be designated for Lions
projects such as eye care and other medical assistance and community needs.
OHS/SBHS alumni gather for rolls, coffee and visiting at the Phoenix Center at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13
Join in the color run fundraiser for Lydia Hill and Taryn Kenzy, South Dakota Ambassadors of Music, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the Sully County Fairgrounds. Register by July 22 to get a t-shirt. Contact Jen Soderholm 605-280-1925, Taryn Kenzy 605-295-0481, Cherie Hill 605-222-2548 or Lydia Hill 605-222-5914 to register for the color run.
KIDS PLAY DAY
Kids ages 3-10 get into the spirit of lighthearted athletic competition during Kid’s Play Day. Registration starts on Saturday, August 13, at 9:50 a.m. and the contests get underway at 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Play Day is sponsored by FCCLA.
2022 Sully County Snow Queen Mallory Wiley and Jr. Snow Queen Adrian Gruis little Princesses and Princes to the Queen's Tea on Saturday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. Join them for snacks, activities and stories; come as you are or dressed in your royal finest.
SULLY BUTTES SCHOOL TOURS
From 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, guided tours of the Sully Buttes school built in 2015 will be conducted.
BLOODY MARY BAR
In the Quonset at the south end of the fairgrounds, the Sully County Fair Board will serve Bloody Marys in a souvenir cup.
CUP IN HAND KICKBALL
Head for the ball field in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday to register for the kickball tournament which gets underway at 11:00 a.m. Standard kickball rules will be followed during the tournament with one notable additional requirement – all players are required to hold a cup in one of their hands.
WRESTLING CLUB DUNK TANK
The wrestling club will operate a dunk tank from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as a fundraiser for their activities.
ART AT THE FAIR
Participate and interact with people, products and services in and around the Centennial Building at the Sully County Fair from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
A laser tag arena will be set up in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds for the recreational shooting sport where participants use infrared-emitting light guns to tag designated targets from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
From its earliest days, Sully County has produced many talented individuals. At the Sully County Fair, area talent will be on display during the Sully County Fair Talent Show at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 on the Fairgrounds Stage. All ages are encouraged to dust off their dancing shoes, warm up their instruments and voices, showcase their athletic skills, recite poetry, or stretch their minds and muscles to develop a talent entry that will entertain the crowd. Each contestant will receive a prize! Contact talent show coordinator Moriah Gross 605-771-9847 to enter. Sponsored by Silver City Symphony.
CHILI & RIB COOK-OFF CONTESTS
Celebrating the 33rd annual Chili Cooking Contest and the 13th annual Rib Cooking Contest this year, participants are reminded to register their teams. Call or text Darell Tilberg at 605-222-1341 to enter either or both contests. The chili entry fee is $25 and the rib entry fee is $15.
Those needing to borrow a chili pot may contact Michael-John Olivier at 295-2289.
Entry forms with complete rules are available at the Watchman, Don’s Food Center and on the sully County Fair Facebook page. Rib cooking may begin at the fairgrounds any time after 9:00 a.m. Cooking of chili may begin at 1:00 p.m. Judging for both will start at 4:00 p.m.
Gambling enthusiasts will have a chance to test lady luck during the Sully County Fair’s Poker Run Saturday, August 13, 2022 starting at 1:30 p.m.
FRYING PAN AND TIRE TOSS
Fairgoers of all ages can flex their muscles during the frying pan and tire toss sponsored by Leisinger Insurance at 3:30 p.m. at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday
BARS TOOL BOYS
From 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Bar Stool Boys will take the fairgrounds stage to perform their acoustic duets of familiar country and pop music. The music show is sponsored by the American Legion
ALL FAITHS COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE
At the fairgrounds stage on Sunday, August 14, an all faiths community church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. The service will be preceded by coffee and rolls at 9:00 a.m. in the centennial building, sponsored by the Sully County Fair Board and by gospel music at the fairgrounds stage at 9:30 a.m., and will be followed by the alumni and community potluck in the centennial building at 11:30 a.m.
CARDBOARD BOAT RACE
Head for the pool to enter your best cardboard boat in the regatta. Boats will be judged on creativity, seaworthiness, and quickest to sink with prizes awarded in each category. Contact Casey Clark 605-222-2205 with questions.
ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL
Using horsepower from another era, the antique tractor pull will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in the small arena. The event requires antique tractors to pull a heavy sled for the best distance.
FIRE HOSE BATTLES
Sponsored by the Onida Fire Department, engine companies will compete to be the most effective with their fire hoses, 1:00 p.m. on Dogwood Avenue in front of the pool.