Noma Sazama, 93, entered 12 items in the Bennett County Fair. She received 10 purple ribbons and two blue ribbons in the open class division at the fair held from August 10 to 13 in Martin, South Dakota.
Two of Sazama’s entries were considered best of show. She took the top prize in the open class horticulture division with her garden-grown jalapeno peppers.
Her second award for best of the show was in Ball and Kerr Preservation Award for her homemade salsa, using vegetables she had grown in her garden.
Sazama said people liked her quilt, too. She used a bird panel for the center and then scraps of material leftover from making other quilts to make the border.
People who win purple ribbons in the open class at the County Fair can enter goods in the State Fair. The South Dakota State Fair will be held in Huron, South Dakota, August 31 to September 4.
In addition to exhibits, there was a free bratwurst and hamburger supper sponsored by the livestock sales barn on August 11, as a way of gathering a crowd to look at the horses that would be auctioned the following day.
During the fair, the Bennett County High School cheerleaders held a pie and ice cream sale from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. to raise money for their program.
On Saturday, a free community supper of roast beef and pork sandwiches, baked beans and watermelon was served.
Each evening a rodeo was held. The first evening the locals, the “amateurs” tried their luck in the arena, and on Saturday and Sunday, the rodeo featured professional riders.
On Saturday a dance was held.
“This is typical of what small towns in South Dakota do at county fairs,” Sazama said.
These county fairs allow 4H members a chance to show the livestock they’ve raised, to display vegetables they’ve grown and clothes they’ve sewn.
4H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds
The 4H pledge states “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty. My hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” , 4-H members are learning by doing and developing skills that will serve throughout their lives — setting goals, working toward those goals and achieving those goals.
Generally, county fairs are held in August, before school starts. It gives those living in rural areas a chance to gather and share stories and compare goods.
In Martin, the Chamber of Commerce noted that “Added fair events this year are the Businessperson showmanship that will immediately follow the livestock show on Friday and a Leggo Contest from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Leggo Contest is open to ages 5 through 18 and is a new event.”