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Brown County Fair returns with unique contests and performances

Rachel Kippley
Brown County Fair

The Brown County Fair starts this week in Aberdeen and fair officials say it offers entertainment for all ages.

The fairkicks off with a full lineup of entertainment. New for this year is the introduction of the Junior Brown County Fair Board.

Rachel Kippley is the Fair and Park Manager for Brown County. She said the junior board is sponsoring unique events.

“One of those events will be the hot dog eating contest on Saturday 11:30 a.m. under the Ken's tent. First ten people that sign up get to participate and theirs prizes. We are excited for that, it should be a fun time,” said Kippley.

Kippley said the livestock schedule was shifted this year to accommodate student athletics and school schedules. Vendors will be on site earlier this year providing access to food at 11a.m.

Kippley said the first night of grandstand rodeo entertainment was a hit, selling out all 3,600 tickets. She said there are grandstand performances to suit everyone this year.

“Friday we shake it up a little bit for the folks that aren’t so into the country, we try to provide a little something for everybody. That will be Lil’ Jon taking the stage with opener Hinder. So the hip-hop and rock combination on Friday. And then on Saturday, a culmination, we go back to a little bit of country," said Kippley. "We’ve got Gary Levox, lead singer for the formal Rascal Flatts, playing all their greatest hits from two decades. And he will be opened for by Chase Bryant and Blanco Brown. And then that will conclude with the fabulous firework display that we do every year.”

Other included activities are carnival rides, a kids zone, and an antique tractor pull.

The Brown County Fair offers free admission and free parking and runs until Aug. 18.

Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.