Crews are preparing for the Central States Fair

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The countdown begins for deep-fried deliciousness, action-packed rides and all-around family fun at the Central States Fair.

Crews from Carnival Americana are setting up the rides for the fair.

Crews at the fairgrounds are currently making sure everything is in place for the week-long event.

Planning began at the end of August last year, and now crews are in full prep mode.

With help from Carnival Americana, crews are setting up rides and double-checking safety parameters.

Central States Fair General manager Ron Jeffries says it takes about a week to get the rides up-and-running.

The gates open Friday at 3 p.m. To kick off the festivities, the Central States Fair is teaming up with the Boy Scouts of America to collect food. Donations will replace the $3 admission price.

"This is Rapid City's last big chance to celebrate the end of summer. You can come out and celebrate agriculture, and you can celebrate the carnival, concerts; all the different motor sports events and rodeo events right here in your hometown," says Jeffries.

The Central States Fair will run through Sunday, Aug 25.