SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — On the east side of South Dakota, people are flocking to the Sioux Empire Fair for some concerts, food and carnival rides all this week. While the fair is all about fun for many people, it’s a week of big business for food vendors.
“That is the iconic thing you think of, fair food and carnival rides, when you talk about the fair,” Sioux Empire Fair Director of Marketing and Public Relations Courtney Hokanson said.
For many fair goers, the food is the main attraction.
“We have corn dogs, corn brats, funnel cakes, a variety of foods, there’s plenty of foods you can come every day and you’ll find something new to try,” Hokanson said.
But some of the vendors you may be used to seeing every year, may be missing.
“Some of them, unfortunately due to covid they had to shut down their business,” Hokanson said.
“Last year was tough, especially on my son because he just started,” Big Daddy Concessions owner Ray Zajac said.
From mini donuts to walking tacos, Ray Zajac and his son own seven mobile concession stands that travel to fairs around the region.