South Dakota

SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle


HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced Bio Energy and SD Pork Producers.

The Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge takes place Friday, Sept. 2, at Horticulture Park. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. with the People’s Choice Tasting and judging beginning at 1 p.m. The first place team will receive $225, with $150 going to 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place. People’s Choice winner will receive $50. Participants come from all over to compete for the title of best chili.

The Pork Butt Battle, sponsored by South Dakota Pork Producers and Advanced BioEnergy, will also take place Friday, Sept. 2. Cooking begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Competitors will cook through the night and the following morning to be prepared for People’s Choice Tasting and judging at 3 p.m. on Friday. Top prize is $500, with $225 for 2nd place and $125 for 3rd place. People’s Choice Winner will receive $100. All winners will receive a trophy.

Rules and entry forms for both cook offs can be found on the SD State Fair website,, under the Special Events section.

The 2016 SD State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 5. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 31. This year’s theme is “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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