Haakon/Jackson County Fair provided a wealth of entertainment for all ages last week

Overall Grand Champion & Ranchers Choice Award … was awarded to Don and Lura Kirkpatrick of Hayes. Pictured (L-R) judge Charles Maude, Hermosa, Lura Kirkpatrick, judge Micheal Blume,Pierre and judge Chris Effling, Highmore. There were a total of 21 pens entered in the Pen of 3 competition and sponsored by Presho Livestock Auction.

The Haakon/Jackson County Fair was held at the fairgrounds in Philip, July 30 to August 1 with a full slate of activities for young and old.

Nearly 100 4-H members, and 25 non-4-H youth and adults from the two counties brought their hard work to the Legion Hall in Philip Thursday afternoon.

Friday afternoon the 4-H Junior Leaders hosted a barnyard olympics for all ages. Those 10 and under hunted for animals and made the correct animal sound when they spotted what they were seeking. They also had some fun with balloons.

The older kids ran an obstacle course. As with all chores the correct clothes had to be donned before setting out. The kids had to put on coveralls, coats, hats, and gloves before setting out. They next had to load their wheelbarrow with a bale of hay and take it around two barrels in a figure eight pattern and back to where they started. Next was racing to milk Bessy. Then it was up and over two panels, around the corral and to the water hydrant, fill a bucket and race back to the starting line. The competition was fierce as some tried to do in their competitors.

Northern Bull Riding Tour

Friday evening the fairboard hosted a burger bust at the rodeo arena prior to the Northern Bull Riding Tour event. The event helps to raise funds for the Make A Wish foundation.

This year 28 contestants from across South Dakota took on the bulls. It was definitely a night for the bulls. Only five men made a qualified ride to automatically advance to the short go. Making good on their rides were Neil Muscat, Wall, with a 75, Andrew Coughlin, DeSmet, with a 74, Charlie Zoss, Forestburg, with a 71, Clay Hindman, Belvidere, with a 67 and Tel Jacobs, Pine Ridge with a 64.

To get 10 riders for the short go a drawing was held to see which lucky six would advance. It was a tough round for the riders as none made a full eight second ride. Two came close with a 7.6 and a 7.7. Lacking a definitive winner for the short go, the prizes were awarded in order of the highest scores for the first round.

Hindman is currently sitting in second place, just 3.5 points behind Coughlin in the NBRT standings. The finals for the NBRT is slated for September 26 at the Sioux Falls Arena.


Saturday's activities started off in the morning with the cattle show. Eight 4-H members did a great job showing their cattle. Breeds represented included shorthorn, maine anjou, charolais, and angus cross. Charles Maude, Hermosa was the judge. Also that morning was the small animal show with six 4-H members and one open class youth showing cats, dogs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. This show continues to grow each year, with around 15 entries this year. Particpants and audience members learned a lot of new information in showing these animals. Penny Nester, Meade County livestock educator was the small animal judge.

Friends of the Haakon County Library provided a brat feed at noon. Shortly after that the annual quiz bowl got underway. Thirteen 4-H and former 4-H members along with three adults competed in the livestock and general 4-H quiz bowls. The quiz bowl tests 4-Hers knowledge on a wide variety of 4-H project areas.

Pen of 3 Contest

Taking top honors as the overall champion at the Haakon/Jackson County Fair's Pen of 3 contest were Don and Lura Kirkpatrick, Hayes, with their commercial pen. They also received the Rancher's Choice Award and the best commercial pen.

Taking second in the commercial division was Jerry Hammerquist, Caputa and third was Slovek Ranch, Philip.

Other commercial pens were from Mark Slovek, Wanblee, Bryce VanderMay, Longvalley, Jeff, Nelson, Philip, Dean Moncur, Piedmont, Stout Charolais - Jerry and Annie Stout, Kadoka, Leo and Joann Patton, Milesville, Jim and Linda Stangle, Milesville and Mark Radway, Milesville.

The breeds represented in the 10 registered pens included angus, charolais and hereford. Eleven consignors brought their pens of 3 for the commercial division.

Taking top honors for the registered division were Jesse Lewis, Piedmont with his angus heifers, Dan Lewis, Piedmont, angus and Stout Charolais, Kadoka.

Other contestants included Hillsview Ranch - Cleve and Todd Woods, Sturgis, hereford, Chamberlain Herefords, White River, Kammerer Brothers, Philip and Joel and Jodi Kammerer, Philip, both with angus.


The annual Pen of 3 contest continues to increase in size each year, with this year featuring 21 pens of heifers.


The afternoon was filled with numerous youth activities. Kids of all ages participated in a sawdust scramble, water balloon toss, stick horse rodeo and a water balloon fight.

The evening's festivities included a barbecue supper, ice cream social and talent show.

Prior to the talent show the fairboard recognized their honorees, Kadoka Community Betterment Association and the Philip Chamber of Commerce, for all their support they have given the fair.

Also recognized in memorial, was Lucille Haynes for her dedication to the fair as a judge. Receiving the Clara Roseth Award for outstanding open class exhibits was Nancy Haigh, Philip.

The talent show featured singers Hunter Peterson, Philip, McCoy and Ryker Peterson, Philip, with a duet, Kip and Piper Cordes, Wall, with a duet and Joni Willoughby on piano.

Adult performers were Robert Fox, Philip, organ, Marilyn Millage, piano, and Cindy Nuzum, Philip, vocal.

There were no entrants this year in the teenage category.