Hot Dog Eating Contest

Event Date: August 19, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Pre- Registration encouraged but not required. First 10 entries accepted! This contest will be in the Ken's Family Tent which is sponsored by Corey and Jaimie Mitchell.

Open Class Livestock

Entry Deadline: August 4, 2023
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 1, 2023
Event Date: August 14 & 15, 2023 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.

Lords & Ladies Lead

Entry Deadline: July 28, 2023
Event Date: August 19, 2023 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.

AQHA Level 1 Youth and Amateur and Open Breed Horse Show

Entry Deadline: NONE
Event Date: August 20, 2023 at 9:00AM


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.

BCF Foundation 5K Run/Walk/Bike

Race: Saturday, August 19th, Registration begins at 7:30 AM, Race starting at 8:30 AM

Complete the registration below.

Jigsaw Puzzle Contest

Entry Deadline: August 7, 2023
Event Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM

10 teams will be drawn at random on August 10th, 2023 Via Facebook Live

Kids Art Contest

Event Date: August 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM


This contest is from 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM in the Home Arts Building! Download the contest sheets for a chance to win a Carnival Pass!

Open Class Registration Tips

Pre-registration is not required but strongly encouraged. All entries registered on FairEtry by Friday, August 5th, 2023 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 2023 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 11th, 2023

Home Arts Registration Tips

  • Registering entries does not mean that you have to have your entry ready for display by Friday, August 11th. Entries must be ready for display by check-in on Monday, August 14th.
  • 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 2022 BCF was another success with some impressive projects and livestock. Take a look at the bragging rights you earned.

Family Fun

"Casey" The Sock Monkey

He is wanted for cutting in line at the Tilt-A-Whirl, swinging from the celilings and all around shenanigans at the fair.
If you find Casey, return him to the fair office in the Odde Ice Arena to collect your reward!

All American Duck Race

Tuesday- Saturday @ 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:30PM

World's Smallest Rodeo

Competition: Tuesday, August 15th @ 3:00PM 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.

Rising Star Competition from Pauer Sound, LLC and Hub City Radio

Competition: Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00PM in the Kessler's Tent

Don't forget to submit your entry for the Rising Star Competition, which is brought to you by Pauer Sound & Music, Inc., The Brown County Fair and Hub City Radio News - Aberdeen, SD for a chance to showcase your talents at the fair! 🎤
For an entry form and a complete listing of rules, visit and click on the "Rising Star Entry Form 2023" link and submit your video!
The deadline to enter and submit a video is Friday, July 28th.

Thursday, August 17th at the Ken's Family Tent

BBQ is free to 4-H members and $5.00 to the public

Piles of Smiles Face Painting

Wednesday- Saturday from 12:00PM- 5:00PM

Piles of Smiles Face Painting will be in the Avera Kid's Zone under the tent! In case of rain or extreme heat, activity will be located on the west end of the Odde building.

Military Appreciation Breakfast

Date: Saturday August 19th @ 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM in the Ken's tent

Admission to the breakfast is freewil donation, a donation box will be provided. 100% of the proceeds will go to our area's military support organizations.

Minute to Win It: Fair Edition

Saturday, August 19th @ 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 on Saturday.

Veggie 500 Races

Competitions: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 2:30PM with finals at 2:30PM 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 

Competition: Saturday, August 19th 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.

Complete the registration form in advance and bring it by 9:30AM to the competition.

Watermelon Feed

Date: Saturday, August 19th at 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Location: Ken's Family Tent

Free watermelon will be available for everyone to enjoy! Stop by and have a slice!

Kiddie Pedal Pull

Competitions: Sunday, August 20th 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.

Brown County Fair Parade

Led by the Marching Wolves and including the antique tractors and other fairgoers.

Decorate a golf cart or side-by-side with the fair theme "The Place To Be In 2023" and join the parade! Line up will begin at 12:30 PM  on the east end of the grandstands and go through the fairgrounds.