Step into the heart of South Dakota's celebratory spirit at the Central States Fair and Rodeo! Each August, the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City transforms into a bustling hub of excitement, showcasing the best of Western sports, family entertainment, and culinary delights. Whether you're a rodeo enthusiast, carnival lover, or simply in search of a fun-filled outing, this fair guarantees an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Central States Fair

PRCA Rodeo Extravaganza

Experience the adrenaline rush at our PRCA rodeo events, where top-tier cowboys and cowgirls dazzle the crowd with skills in bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping. Featuring multiple performances spread over several days, our rodeo events promise non-stop action and entertainment that keep you at the edge of your seat. Join us to cheer on the competitors and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of professional rodeo!

Carnival Fun for Everyone

After the rodeo, let loose and enjoy our wide array of carnival rides. Whether you’re soaring high on the Ferris wheel or spinning with glee in our teacups, each ride offers a unique adventure suitable for all ages. Perfect for creating joyful memories, our carnival section ensures laughter and smiles for every family member.

Food and Live Acts

Complete your fair experience by indulging in an assortment of beloved fair foods—from sweet funnel cakes to hearty turkey legs. While you treat your taste buds, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere set by live entertainers performing throughout the fairgrounds. It’s a perfect way to relax and soak in the festive vibes with friends and family.