Clay County Fair will feature both unique and traditional events

Clay County Fair will feature both unique and traditional events
The 2007 Clay County Fair begins Aug. 9 at the fairgrounds in Vermillion with a new carnival, the 4-H swine show, and brand new lawn mower races.

Open Class and 4-H entry is Wednesday, Aug 8. This is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to display their creations.

If you made it, grew it, refinished it or recycled it, you can show it off at the fair. Prizes are awarded for the top three places of each division.

The lawn mower races scheduled Aug. 9 are free to the public and should be exciting. Some of these mowers can go over 30 mph!

The fair continues on Friday, Aug. 10, with more livestock shows, the carnival, and commercial booths. There are many commercial booths this year with several food vendors. There are still a few spaces left, but they are filling up fast.

Later that day is will be what's grown to be the biggest event of the fair over the years – the Demolition Derby. You want to get there early, as the bleachers usually fill up fast for this event.

With an ever expanding compact division, it is anticipated that the derby will be the best ever this year.

Even better news for the derby competitors, the prize pot has increase from $1,500 in the past to over $2,100.

Drivers, get registered. And not to leave the fans out, we have teamed up with the South Dakota Lottery and will be giving away prizes and lottery tickets during the demo derby.

Saturday, Aug. 11, might be the last day of the fair but is it the most event packed day of all with more 4-H livestock shows, the round robin competition, and 4-H fashion review.

There will be a round bale rolling competition and free stage entertainment, including Poker Alice in the evening.

Following the fashion review, there will be a free community pork BBQ, leading to the pie and cookie auction.

Wrapping up the evening is ATV mud drags. This event was new last year, but a big hit.

There will be more South Dakota Lottery give-aways for the crowd as well. This year you can expect more prizes, more ATVs and even more mud! Don't miss the fun.

For more information regarding events at the fair or to event registrations, please visit

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