FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BBC Crew Visits South Dakota State Fair


Friday kicks off the second day of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

This year marks 133 years of the State Fair.  In this week’s Flashback Friday, we’re taking you back to 1985 when an international news crew came to the fair. 

They came all the way from Aberdeen, Scotland. A television crew from the BBC. They’re visiting Aberdeen, South Dakota, and the state fair to tell the tale of two cities. To tell the British of the American farm crisis.

“What we can gather, things are in a pretty sad state in American agriculture.  And of course, it will all hinge on what Ronald Reagan and John Block bring out on the farm bill later in the year,” a member of the BBC crew said.

Interviewing all those hurt by the farm crunch, the news team is hoping to get a grip on the severity of the problem. The fact that there is a farm problem is nothing new to them.

“All the farming papers have really kind of latched onto the American farm crisis. I think it’s just something they can all relate to it, family farms and things like that. It is quite big news we get a lot. Nearly every paper, every farming paper will have a feature in it at least once a month about what’s happening in America,” a BBC crew member said.

This is their first visit to the United States. After spending two weeks here, they’ll return to Scotland with a 25-minute documentary on the problems of the American farmer.

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