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The South Dakota State Fair is the state's largest classroom

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Today is the official kickoff to the South Dakota State Fair.

Images of corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes immediately come to mind... but for students on a field trip, it's one big classroom.

KSFY News met up with some students who were getting an education at the fair.

The fair is calling it the state's largest classroom.  Students from all over South Dakota are here not only to have fun but also learn about the state.

Many kids across the state are taking time out of the classroom to visit the State Fair, but that doesn't mean the learning stops.

Sixth-grade student Westin Tobin said "I learned there's a lot of products involved with corn, like ethanol, it feeds a lot of people, like one farmer can feed 155 people."

Westin Tobin and his twin brother Colton picked up a few fun facts about South Dakota agriculture.

Colton said "99 percent of South Dakota's corn is grown in fields, and one percent is sweet corn."

And Westin tells KSFY why the crops grown in South Dakota are so important.

"South Dakota feeds a lot of the population of America and the world cause they're using technology, new technology and less land to make more crops," Westin Tobin said.

With free admission for students, fair manager Jerome Hertel says the classroom program is growing in popularity.

"We try to make a schedule for them, the different exhibitors, the different exhibits, the different things that are happening, all the free stages... Those are all educational opportunities for those kids," Hertel said.

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