Agriculture & Animals

Open Class Livestock

Entry Deadline: August 6th, 2021
Event Dates: Vary, see Livestock Book


Take part in one of many youth and open class livestock divisions. From guinea pigs and rabbits to sheep and dairy cattle, there's lots of class options. Check out the registration tips below.

Mutton Busting

Entry Deadline: August 6th, 2021
Event Date: August 16th & 17th at 7:00PM


Throw your child on a sheep to see if they can hold on for the ride, why not? It's a BCF staple that always proves to be entertaining.

AQHA Level 1 Youth and Amateur and Open Breed Horse Show

Entry Deadline: NONE
Event Date: August 22nd at 8:00AM


All exhibitors must be current members of AQHA and show papers of AQHA registered breed horses prior to entering AQHA classes unless showing in the "All Breed Adult or All Breed Youth" classes.

Lords & Ladies Lead

Entry Deadline: July 30th, 2021
Event Date: August 21st at 5:00PM


A free event and open to anyone old enough to handle sheep. Ew lamb or yearling ewe are suggested and sheep can be borrowed.

Open Driving & Hitch Show

Entry: August 21st at 9:00 a.m.
Event Date: August 21st at 10:00 a.m.


$10 entry fee per adult class and $5 entry fee per youth class.  Hitch or horse may be entered once in each class.  Appropriate attire required.  For more information on entry, see Livestock Book page 18.

Open Class Registration Tips

  • Pre-registration is not required but strongly encouraged. All entries registered on FairEntry by Friday, August 6th, 2021 will be given preferential stalling. Entries received after the deadline will pay a late registration fee and will not be guaranteed stalling.
  • All 4-H Livestock will be eligible to be shown in Open Class; however, advance entry is strongly encouraged.
  • If you are new to our online registration via FairEntry, check out our FAQ.
  • Each exhibitor can have multiple entries. One entry must be made for each exhibit. For example, if you are bringing two poultry, two entries into the poultry class must be created.
  • Payment must be made upon the completion of your entry process to ensure preferential stalling. Checks can be written to the Brown County Treasurer and mailed to: Brown County Fair, 400 24th Ave. NW, Aberdeen, SD 57401. Credit card payments are also accepted by calling the Brown County Fair at (605) 626-7116. Processing fees will apply.
  • Review the 4-H & Open Class 2021 Livestock Book in advance of getting entered in our Open Class Livestock events for classes, schedules, regulations and more.

Home Arts

Compete in the field, garden & flower, or home arts divisions.  There are a TON of new contests every year, as well as old favorites . We aren't kidding when we say there is something for everyone in the Home Arts building.

Registration Deadline: August 13th, 2021

Home Arts Registration Tips

  • Registering entries does not mean that you have to have your entry ready for display by Friday, August 13th. Entries must be ready for display by check-in on Monday, August 16th.
  • If you are unable to bring an entry, there is NO PENALTY.
  • If you are new to our online registration via FairEntry, check out our FAQ.
  • Each exhibitor can have multiple entries. One entry must be made for each exhibit. For example, if you are bringing two photographs, two entries into the photography class must be created.
  • Review the Home Arts Book in advance of getting entered in any Home Arts competition for details about checking in entries, picking up exhibits and more.


The results are in and the 2019 BCF was another success with some impressive projects and livestock. Take a look at the bragging rights you earned.

Family Fun

Rising Star Competition from Area Federal Credit Union

Competition: Wednesday, August 18th at 6:00PM in the Kessler's Tent

A talent show open to all ages. Show off your acting, dancing, humor, musical, stacking cups talent, or whatever you've got. Prizes totally $2500 will be awarded to adult and youth categories.

Videos must be submitted in advance to  Entry Form.  Registration deadline August 6th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Super Farmer Competition

Competition: Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00PM in the Sanford Aberdeen Kid's Zone

Test your farming capabilities against other teams or individuals to see who is the best Super Farmer at the Brown County Fair!  Winners will be crowned in both the male and female divisions, as well as the best overall team!

Early registration is preferred, but not required.  Enter here!

World's Smallest Rodeo

Competition: Tuesday, August 17th @ 2:30PM in the NVC Tent

Participants aged 3-8 can choose from pole bending, barrel racing, and a rodeo clown contest. Sign up in advance at the Hitch'N Post Western Store where you can also pick up a stick horse. Cowboy and cowgirl attire is highly recommended.

Get signed-up at the Hitch'N Post in advance or at 2:30PM at the event.

Minute to Win It: Fair Edition

Competition: Saturday, August 21st @ 1:30PM in the Ken's Tent

Gather up a group of 4 including at least one contestant under the age of 12 and two adults. Teams will compete head to head and the team with the most points wins. Complete the entry form and bring it to registration at 1:30PM.

Rug Rat Races

Competitions: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 2:00PM with finals at 2:00PM on Sunday in the Kids Zone

Kids in two age brackets (3-5 and 6-8) will compete in a variety of races!

Veggie Races: Build a vegetable car and race it down a track!
Rubber Ducky Tub Races: Choose your rubber ducky racer, and see if it will win in a race around a tub!
Rubber Ducky Track Races: Choose your rubber ducky racer, and pump as fast as you can to cross the finish line first on a straight away track!

Baby Crawling & Diaper Decorating Contest

Competition: Saturday, August 21st at 10:00AM in the Clubhouse

Babies in two age groups (5-9 months and 10-13 months) will compete to crawl to the finish line the quickest. Cheering and encouragement are allowed, as long as it does not include a cell phone, food, or drink. Prizes will also be awarded for the best-decorated diaper.

Complete the registration form in advance and bring it by 9:00AM to the competition.

Crazy Contests by Freddie Prez 

Competitions: August 17-21st in the Kid's Zone

Teams are pitted against each other to test their knowledge and abilities in games such as Speedquizzing and Hit the Lights!  Plus, every day Freddie will host a $5000 Frisbee Toss Contest.  It's FREE TO ENTER for a chance to play all of Freddie's games!

Kiddie Pedal Pull

Competitions: Sunday, August 22nd at 1:00PM on the road NW of the Home Arts Building

Kids aged 4-11 take their try at dragging a weighted sled as far as they can using a pedal tractor. In this family-friendly activity, we split the kids apart into age divisions. No registration is necessary.