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South Dakota Stock Dog Association to raise money for Make-A-Wish at the State Fair; dog to be auctioned off

Loui, a 1-and-a-half-year-old border collie trained in livestock work, will be auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish South Dakota Aug. 28-29 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. The South Dakota Stock Dog Association is sponsoring the event. (Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish South Dakota)

HURON -- The South Dakota Stock Dog Association will entertain fairgoers on Aug. 28 and 29 in Huron while also helping to make wishes come true for kids across the state facing life-threatening medical conditions.

Free-will donations and the proceeds from an auction, which includes a trained stock dog, will benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota during this year's South Dakota State Fair.

Sheep trials will start at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Hippodrome, with the finals at 6 p.m. On Aug. 29, cattle trials begin at 9 a.m. in the North Arena, followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome.

Make-A-Wish kids and their families will be the special guests of the Stock Dog Association on Aug. 29 and will be present at the finals.

The dog being auctioned off is Loui, a one-and-a-half year-old male border collie. Loui is trained for livestock work. All proceeds of the dog auction will benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota. For more information about the Stock Dog Association Finals at the fair, contact Tim Naasz at (605) 207-0229, Kelly Jackson at (605) 350-0845 or visit For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, contact Paul Krueger, president and CEO, at (605) 335-8000.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions; the chapter granted a record 74 wishes last year and has granted more than 1,030 wishes since its founding in 1984. The average cost of a wish is nearly $7,000.