State Fair announces livestock premium increases

State Fair announces livestock premium increases South Dakota State Fair Manager Susan Hayward has announced a significant increase in premiums for the open class livestock competitions at the 2004 South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Sept. 4-11.

"I am excited that we will be enhancing the premium prize money that is awarded at the State Fair," Hayward said. "South Dakota's farmers and ranchers raise some of the finest livestock in the country. I know that, with these increased premiums, the State Fair will continue to attract the best livestock from South Dakota and the surrounding area to compete in Huron."

The premium increases will award class grand champions as much as $500 and will also enhance awards for reserve champions in the beef, dairy, swine, and sheep competitions. The increases will be funded by donations from members of the ag industry in South Dakota.

Larry E. Gabriel, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, commended the donors for their contribution.

"I am very pleased that so many South Dakota companies and organizations have chosen to contribute to this cause," Gabriel said. "The leaders of our state's ag industry understand that the foundation of a healthy ag economy is high-caliber producers. They also value the South Dakota State Fair as a celebration of agriculture in our state. I am hopeful that others will follow the lead of these businesses and organizations by contributing to this cause in the future."

The deadline for entering livestock in the competitions at the 2004 State Fair is Saturday, Aug. 21. Those interested

can call the State Fair office

at 1-800-529-0900 or view

entry requirements online at .

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