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Kick off school year with state’s largest classroom

Posted: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013

The South Dakota State Fair is inviting teachers and students from across the state to participate in South Dakota’s Largest Classroom on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 29-30.

“This educational program gives students an opportunity to experience things they may not otherwise have a chance to see in a regular classroom environment,” said Jerome Hertel, SD state fairgrounds manager.

While attending South Dakota’s Largest Classroom, students will be able to see the thrill show, Pirates of the Sky, Vogel’s Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, Value Added Ag activities, Just Right for Me w/ Phil Baker, Sheltered Reality sponsored by Avera Health Plans, along with other activities such as the FFA Animal Nursery, a one-room schoolhouse, the Dakotaland Museum and 4-H and open class exhibits.


Schools are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Students that are homeschooled are also encouraged to register. Last year, nearly 1,200 students and teachers attended.

The program is free to students, teachers and chaperones. Lunch and parking will also be provided. The registration form can be obtained by calling 605.353.7354.

The S.D.’s Largest Classroom is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Dakota Provisions, SD Education Association, Sara Lee, Old Dutch and Pepsi.

The 2013 South Dakota State Fair will run from Aug. 29, through Sept. 2. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Aug. 28.

This year’s theme is “Starry Nights and Midway Lights.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800.529.0900, visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

For the complete article see the 08-21-2013 issue.

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