A political report from the State Fair’s opening day

The South Dakota State Fair wasn’t a must-attend event for the 2018 crop of candidates seeking statewide election, based on who was there Thursday for the opener of this year’s five-day run.

State Attorney General Marty Jackley was one of two in attendance Thursday afternoon. Jackley, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for governor, said he would be “back and forth” each day between Pierre and Huron.

Tim Bjorkman of Canistota, the Democratic candidate for South Dakota’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was on the fair’s midway with his wife, Kay. They are heading for the Black Hills today (Friday) for a weekend reunion with several of their sons.