4-H fights to save South Dakota State Fair

Oct. 10, 2005 at 7:38 PM   |   Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- South Dakota 4-H leaders says the state should shorten the State Fair to five days rather than shutting it down altogether.

While fair manager Susan Hayward is skeptical that it could be shortened to five days, she said, "I think the people of South Dakota would go absolutely berserk," if the fair were shut down entirely.

A state legislative committee is considering how much public money should go toward supporting the fair, a discussion that could lead to phasing out the fair entirely, state Sen. Clarence Kooistra, R-Garretson, told the Sioux Fall (S.D.) Argus-Leader.

Last week, the state fair advisory committee recommended shortening the fair from eight days to five.

Gov. Mike Rounds has also have expressed support for a shorter fair, which has struggled financially and had declining attendance in recent years.

While fair attendance was down about 25 percent this year, 4-H isn't the reason, said 4-H leader Paula Nussbaum.

"When they say nobody attended the state fair, they really weren't looking at the 4-H part of it. 4-H was there," she said.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Bethany Beach packed two days before jazz funeral
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
Welsh man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider
Georgia fourth grader suspended after bringing Nerf gun to school
Dreamworks Dad is back with video game-inspired 'Action Movie Kid - Volume 2'
Trending News