The women of the LWML South Dakota District assist the Utecht family each year at the South Dakota State Fair, to spread the Gospel message to Fair-goers.

Rev. Robert Utecht began this ministry over 40 years ago, using wooden marionette puppets, cloth puppets, music, magic, juggling, balloon sculpturing and ventriloquism. What a fun way to share the Good News that God loves us, even in our sin, and sent Jesus to die for that sin, that we may one day have the promised gift of eternal life!

Over the last few years, Rev. Andrew Utecht and family and Rev Peter Utecht and family, have continued the ministry begun by their father, Pastor Bob.

Pastor Andrew sharing balloon characters and toys before a show.


Performances are held at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Volunteers don animal costumes to get the attention of Fair-goers, while members of the LWML SD invite them to come in, watch the show, and enjoy the air-conditioned room. After the show, whistles for the youngsters and Bible studies for the adults are handed out.


2022 Zone Worker Schedule

Thursday, September 1 — Black Hills Zone
Friday, September 2 — Brookings Zone
Saturday, September 3 — Chamberlain Zone
Sunday, September 4 — Milbank Zone
Monday, September 5 — Mitchell Zone
Set Up (Wessington Springs) and Clean Up — Huron Zone

Worker Guidelines

Contact Jan Larson, Vice President of Gospel Outreach, for more information.
605-280-0862; email