User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

19° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Significant snowfall coming to KELOLAND Sunday night through Tuesday. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


New Manager Looks Forward To Sioux Empire Fair

August 5, 2011, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

New Manager Looks Forward To Sioux Empire Fair
SIOUX FALLS, SD - When the Sioux Empire Fair kicks off next Tuesday, the event will be under the third different manager in the past four years.

In 2009, Matt Adamski resigned amidst an embezzlement scandal. Tryg Fredrickson then took over, hoping to get the fair back on a solid financial foundation. But earlier this summer, Fredrickson announced he'd accepted another job. That left the fair board looking to this year's fair and for a new leader.

Rides are being set up and in just a few days they'll be in motion for the 72nd annual Sioux Empire Fair. And when the event goes in motion, there's new management in control.

"Rather than start searching for a new fair manager before the fair I volunteered myself and "voluntold" my husband that he was going to do this with me. So this is where we're at. We're volunteered to the end of the year," Jo Beal said.

Jo Beal says that means it’s been a whirlwind of activity at the fairgrounds lately, including numerous 12 to fifteen hour days. But she's hopeful that work will pay off.

The age of some of the barns had started to show in recent years so one of the biggest jobs before this years fair was to get them all back to tip-top shape and that has been completed.

"We've really been doing a lot of cleaning up and doing a big overall face lift of it so when people come in they know we care and we rally want to see families out here and its nice and clean and spruced up for all of the families," Beal said.

Trees have been cut, new grass is planted and new coats of paint have also been added to give the grounds a better look. It's a fresh look that Beal hopes will give the fair a fresh start when the gates open next Tuesday.

"It's kind of scary to be honest with you. You wish you had another couple of weeks to prepare but what we get done we get done and we'll go from there," Beal said.

The fair has also changed what fairgoers pay this year. On Tuesday through Friday, the admission is free until one in the afternoon. Then, adults are six dollars with ages six through twelve costing one dollar and five and younger are free.

Previous Story

Next Story




You may also like

Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Roslyn Man Arrested In Shooting

11/21/2015 4:46 PM

A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.

Full Story
Harrisburg High School Wins $100,000

11/25/2015 9:01 AM

Students at Harrisburg High School are celebrating Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Police Pursuit Leads To Damaged Squad Cars

11/21/2015 7:20 AM

Police arrested a suspect who led officers on an early morning pursuit that damaged squad cars involved in the chase.

Full Story
Tyrese Ruffin's Mother Speaks Publicly For First Time

11/25/2015 6:18 AM

In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.

Full Story