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South Dakota-made wine, beer and cheese featured at State Fair

HURON -- The SD Wine Pavilion at the State Fair is becoming a tradition for some fairgoers.

This is the only venue in the state where people have the opportunity to taste samples from 11 of South Dakota's wineries, several of the state's breweries and eight cheese manufacturing plants in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the winegrowers in South Dakota are working together to host this popular attraction at the Fair. Fairgoers can taste and purchase South Dakota wines, beer, cheese and other specialty food items, visit with these value-added businesses about their operations and learn more about the state's growing industries. Participants will be able to pair the wine and beers with South Dakota cheese and other food products as well.

Tasting packages with over 30 varieties of South Dakota wine and hand-crafted beers are available to purchase as well as beverages by the glass to enjoy in the wine garden. Wine-a-ritas, a refreshing blend of wine and margarita mix, will also be available.

This year the South Dakota Wine Pavilion will have many specials and features including a $5 savings on Border to Border wine tasting packages Thursday only, happy hour specials Thursday and Friday and 25 percent off select cases on Monday.

"We work hard to create a very pleasant atmosphere for fairgoers to enjoy our state's great wine, beer, cheese and specialty foods," said Alison Kiesz, event organizer for SDDA. "We want consumers to learn more about agriculture and the industries represented in the pavilion."

The 2013 State Fair runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. Preview day is Aug. 28.