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4 Reasons Why the Central States Fair & Rodeo are a Must-Visit in Rapid City, SD

If you’re looking for an event that’s both fun and historical, the Central States Fair & Rodeo is one of the best in Rapid City, SD. Held every year, this iconic fair is a must-visit for a number of different reasons. It is held mid-August as a kickoff to the end of summer, and attracts locals and out-of-towners alike.

If you’re wondering why you should attend the Central State’s Fair & Rodeo this year, here are a few good reasons:

1. It’s the 76th Year Celebration

Did you know the Central States Fair & Rodeo has been put on annually for 7 decades now? This year, the fair will be celebrating 76 years and the Fair Board has some extra-special fun planned. Counts Car Club will be putting on a car show featuring classic cars, and there are all kinds of animal events, not to mention the carnival rides.

There are concerts, magicians, hypnotists, the Range Days Rodeo and PRCA Extreme Bronc events, as well as range events hailing back to Rapid City, SD’s cowboy roots.  Held in the gateway to the Black Hills, the location also offers a lot of hiking opportunities, ATV Rentals, and tons of other things for those who love being outdoors.

2. Concerts Every Day

The Central States Fair & Rodeo is a 9-day event with concerts and music events lined up for almost every day. The bands playing have not been confirmed 100%, but not to worry, the Fair always brings in lots of fan favorites! If you’re a lover of live music, the concerts at the Central State’s Fair & Rodeo are well worth the trip.

The musical talent at the Central States Fair & Rodeo doesn’t only feature national acts – the Fair Board does a great job of  booking local musical talent from right there in Rapid City, SD.  Country music is definitely a feature, but you will hear a range of genres and eras; from Motown to Rat Pack, 80s pop to Folk, your ears will not fail to be entertained!  

3. It Happens for 9 Days

One of the best parts of the Central States Fair & Rodeo is that the fun happens for 9 days! This year, the Fair dates run from August 20- 29-2021. Even if you don’t go all 9 days, you know that there’s something entertaining or exciting planned out for each day, and you can expect new every day you go. From the Rodeo and horse events to the crafts and animal displays, the fair activities alone are sure to capture your attention and have you coming back for more.


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