Central States Fair is more than midway food and carnival rides

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Central States Fair in Rapid City is fun for everyone. People can enjoy carnival rides and food on the midway or rodeos and demolition derbies. And don’t forget the 4-H exhibits.

The Pennington County 4-H program has 606 kids enrolled for 2017. Those kids have nearly 700 exhibits on display in the Walter Taylor 4-H building this week during the Central States Fair.

The county fair is a big deal for 4-H kids. It is an opportunity for them to show off the projects they have been working on all year, hoping for a blue ribbon.

For 9-year-old Savanna Suckow talking to the judges is the most nerve-racking part.

"Well, you don't know if you are going to get a red or a blue or a purple,” said Suckow, “You have no idea.”

But it’s about more than the ribbon. Kids are learning valuable life skills like public speaking, leadership and responsibility.

If you are interesting in getting your kids involved in 4-H or becoming a volunteer, you can visit the Walter Taylor building this week during the Central States Fair, or visit their Open House on October 3.