General Information

Admission

Admission into Wheel Jam is free.
Big Jim Jam Fest powered by O'Reilly Auto Parts is $5.
The Dweebs is $7.

 

Use of Golf Carts/ATVs, or Side-by-Sides

DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS, ATV’S, SIDE BY SIDES, OFF ROAD VEHICLES, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES, RIDING LAWN MOWERS AND UTILITY VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE SD STATE FAIRGROUNDS FOR WHEEL JAM IN 2017.  THE ONLY TWO EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE ARE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HANDICAPPED AND POSSESS A CURRENT HANDICAP VEHICLE PARKING PERMIT  OR IF THE VEHICLE WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN THE MOTORCYCLE SHOW.

Anyone wishing to bring a golf cart or an exception listed above to Wheel Jam must:

- Purchase a $20 permit from the State Fair Office or upon entry onto fairgrounds for Wheel Jam. Permit is to be displayed on the vehicle in a highly visible area.

- Provide to gate personnel upon entry onto the fairgrounds for Wheel Jam a Certificate of Liability Insurance showing liability coverage in the amount of $500,000 showing any of the following:
• General Liability; or
• Automobile Liability; or
• Personal Liability; or
• Farm personal liability

The insurance certificate also needs to state:  “State of South Dakota, C/O SD State Fair, 1060 3rd Street SW, Huron, SD 57350, for use on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds during Wheel Jam 2017.” The State of SD and State Fair do not need to be named as additional insured.

- Sign Waiver of Liability upon entry onto fairgrounds for Wheel Jam.


Miss Wheel Jam Kaitlin O'Neill

I am Kaitlin O'Neill, a 20 year old from Groton SD. I am now a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato double majoring in Dance and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Pre Physical Therapy with a minor in psychology. Dance has been in my life ever sense I was little and my ultimate dream is to someday be a Radio City Rockette in New York City, but I would also love to be a physical therapist for dancers.

My platform is Real People, Real Abilities and it is all about helping find more opportunities/ set up programs for people with disabilities to become successful and grow into their true selves. Volunteering at Camp DreamMakers in Aberdeen really inspired my platform and made me want to help see people like my campers grow and utilize all their potential.

My time with the Miss America organization has been incredible and I have truly grown so much in a short amount of time! I have had one previous title before Miss Wheel Jam 2016. I was Miss Dakota Rose 2016 which qualified me last year to compete at Miss SD 2016! At Miss SD 2016 I was so fortunate enough to be selected into the top 9, was peoples choice, and won 2 amazing scholarships! I am truly thankful to have the Miss America organization in my life. I have gained so much confidence, poise, amazing financial aid to my schooling, and of course lifelong friendships!

I am so excited to be representing the amazing town of Huron and cannot wait for the Wheel Jam festival!

Love your 2016 Miss Wheel Jam,
Kaitlin O'Neill


Miss Wheel Jam Outstanding Teen Jaimye Lynn Wininger

Hi, my name is Jaimye Lynn Wininger and I am this years Miss Wheel Jam's Outstanding teen! I am very excited to be representing this title! I live in Brookings, SD and I am a freshman this year at Brookings High School. I made the cheer and dance competition teams this year and love competing at the various schools during our season. I also like to travel, meet new people, camp and fish.

I am excited to promote my platform "The Blue Heart Pledge--Responsible Teen Driving."

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating High School. The more you know, the more you can do to prevent these crashes and “Arrive Alive”
Each year in South Dakota, the tragedy of young drivers being injured or killed in car wrecks repeats itself over and over. More than 27 teens die on average each year in South Dakota car crashes. South Dakota is even ranked dead last (51st in the nation) where teen drivers are the safest. We need to change that statistic, and I am going to do just that with my “Blue Heart Pledge—Responsible Teen Driving.”

My plan is to spread the word and teach teens to be safe and responsible while driving and arrive alive at their destination. My goal is to have as many teens sign my pledge for responsible teen driving as possible, and by doing this I will raise awareness of the importance of safe driving.

I have a grant to start a program here in South Dakota, which I have seen in other states; called “Teens in the Driver’s Seat” (TDS). I will use every outlet from social media to public speaking and speaking in classrooms at Jr. High and High School levels to raise awareness, the risks and how to be a safe and responsible driver. I have also partnered with FCCLA to take my platform to local and state levels, and hopefully nationally as well.

I have partnered up with the Dept. of Safety as well as SDOT and the SD Highway Patrol/Trooper Olson and his wife Cora, as well as my school district and other districts in South Dakota, to help start and promote TDS and my “Blue Heart Pledge.”

I want to lead by example by continuing these efforts in any way possible. My friend and classmate died in a car accident last May. She was on her way to her dad’s house to go ride her horse. While driving on a dirt road, she lost control of her car and was thrown from the vehicle. She was also not wearing a seatbelt and driving way too fast. She succumbed a week later from her injuries. She loved riding her horses and playing volleyball, her favorite things besides horses, were hearts and the color blue. Those last two weeks of school were the hardest to get through for me and many of her friends. Since that car accident, there have been many other teens that have lost their lives in car crashes. My “Blue Heart Pledge” will honor the memory of my friend while instilling awareness of safe and responsible driving and to arrive alive. It will also help promote “Teens in the Driver’s Seat” program that we as teens so desperately need in South Dakota.

Love your 2016 Miss Wheel Jam Outstanding Teen,
Jaimye Lynn Wininger