Grandstand Tickets

AUG 30 - SEP 3, 2018

HURON, SD

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Free Entertainment



Noah’s Way Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Grounds/Strolling

The petting zoo is back by popular demand!  At least 40 animals of various species will be part of the exotic animal petting zoo for fairgoers to check out.

Pony rides are $5.00/ride.

Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 29
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, Aug 30
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Monday, Sep 3
9:00 am - 6:00 pm



Weston Frank Band

Beer Garden

After a few years on his own, Weston Frank was encouraged by many fans and venue owners to bring back the band, for bigger events. Comprised of long time friends, band mates from pervious projects, and even a few members from "rival" groups, Weston has hand picked the band that is not only the best country group in the area, but also the most fun. You'll hear anything from Waylon Jennings to Eric Church, and even a handful of Weston's own songs!

Sorry, no FGL or Luke Bryan..... we're actually not sorry about that...


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Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 29
10:00 pm



Special Head

Grounds/Strolling

If you watched America's Got Talent, then you most likely caught the performance of the one of the most talked about acts in the history of the show, Special Head, and his amazing levitation. Immediately upon performing it, it went viral, generating millions upon millions of views online. Special Head is great for strolling events such as fairs and festivals and does his amazing levitation in the open space, indoors or out.  A unique performer that is guaranteed to grab and keep everyone's attention.

 

Special Head will be at the fair daily as a strolling act with three to four shows mixed in.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
ALL DAY

Friday, Aug 31
ALL DAY

Saturday, Sep 1
ALL DAY

Sunday, Sep 2
ALL DAY

Monday, Sep 3
ALL DAY



South Dakota Farm and Ranch Recognition Program

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

The farm and ranch has long been the cornerstone of South Dakota history. None more perhaps than the farms and ranches we honor as South Dakota Century Farms and Ranches. If your family has retained ownership of a farm or ranch for 100 years or more in South Dakota, and if the farm or ranch consists of a minimum of 80 acres of the original farmland, you may be interested in having your farm or ranch designated as a Century Farm or Century Ranch.

The South Dakota Farm and Ranch Recognition Program  is a joint program of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The ceremony at the State Fair will recognize those Century Farms/Ranches that have not been previously honored. More than 2,100 farms and ranches have been honored statewide.

For more details, call the SD Farm Bureau office at 605-353-8052 or the SD Department of Agriculture at 605-773-5425 or visit their website at http://sdda.sd.gov/office-of-the-secretary/century-farms/


Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:00 am



The Wildflowers

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They sing everything from Country to Christian. The Mother, Jodi Jensen has been singing semi-professionally and competitively since the age of 15 and has traveled all over the United States singing in different bands and performance venues while serving 18 years in the Military. Jodi has five children, three grand children and is married to Daniel Jensen of Huron. The oldest Daughter is Ashli Anna Hurley of Willmar Minnesota. Ashli graduated from Huron high school in 2007. She has two children Ahmara and Ahnalyn. She is married to Kevin Hurly of Willmar. She has been singing competitively since high school and performing at the South Dakota State Fair with the Wild Flowers for over 6 years. The youngest daughter is Elizabeth Ryland of Huron. Elizabeth has been singing competitively and at many benefits in the community for over 6 years. Her first time on stage was at the age 14 right here at the South Dakota state fair performing in the Dakota Star, as well as performing here at the state fair with the Wild Flowers each year since! We all enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fair goers each year. We do a wide variety of music so each day is different and new!

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:00 am

Friday, Aug 31
12:00 pm



Prairie Whims

Guest Artists/Authors
A mother and daughter duo dedicated to encouraging others to take what's already around you and get creative again. Together Valerie and Allison share what brings them joy with you. Visit them in downtown Huron at their shop, Prairie Whims.
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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Susan Irons, Keynote Speaker

Salute to Veterans

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Join us as we salute our Veterans at the SD State Fair.

Special Music: Raptor, commercial music ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band

Keynote Speaker: Susan Irons, Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties

Biography: Susan Irons, Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties graduated from Canton High School in 1985 and received her commission as a United States Army Signal Corps Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1989.  Her first duty assignment was with the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC.  From there, she deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm while serving as the Communications Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer and earned the Bronze Star.  After Desert Storm, Susan served as a platoon leader in the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne).  While at Fort Bragg, Susan became a US Army Jumpmaster and earned her Senior Parachutist Badge.  Upon completion of the Signal Office Advance Course, Susan was assigned to Kitzingen, Germany with the 123rd Signal Battalion, Third Infantry Division.  While there, she served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Adjutant and the B Company Commander.  Upon completion of her tour in Germany, Susan returned to Canton.  She and her husband, Keith, have five children.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:30 am



Aerial Assault Trampoline Show

Grounds/Strolling

The Aerial Assault Trampoline Show is a group of world class acrobats and entertainers that use trampolines to tell the story of three very unlikely friends who are on a quest to win the crowd over.  They do this through their bantering, jokes, and acrobatics.


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Monday, Sep 3
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm



Delta Dental Magic Show

Guest Artists/Authors

Experience a little magic along with tips to keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy!

 

Darcy Pommer, CDA, RDA graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting. Darcy has a background in Orthodontics, General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry and is currently a Regional Oral Health Educator for Delta Dental of South Dakota.

Darcy grew up on a Farm/Ranch near Wessington, SD and now resides outside of Willow Lake, SD with her husband, Jarrod, and 3 boys, Cooper, Bennett and McCoy.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:30 am, 2:30 pm

Friday, Aug 31
10:30 am, 2:30 pm



Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings

AARP Centennial Stage

An infectious smile, a charming personality and sincerity have won him a loyal legion of friends and fans all over the United States and abroad. Sherwin often plays over 250 dates a year and among his many unique accomplishments is a perfect attendance record. He has never missed a scheduled performance in 45 years. Sherwin's show is complimented by his lovely and talented wife and vocalist, Pam Linton, and his great band, "The Cotton Kings".


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sep 3
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:45 pm



Zstonish

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Zac Tenneboe, aka Zstonish, is a professional magician from Sioux Falls, SD.  As a second-generation magician, Zac grew up in the entertainment industry. When he was four years old his father brought him on stage to assist with a magic trick. Flash forward to the present, performing is Zac's full-time passion. He has traveled all across the country performing for fairs, colleges, corporate events and high schools. Zac has been featured on ABC, NBC, Omaha Morning Blend, 605 Magazine and many other news outlets across the Midwest. He is beyond excited to bring his Kids Comedy Magic Show & his Magic/Mentalism show to the Freedom Stage. This year you truly will be able to experience the magic at the South Dakota State Fair!

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
12:00 pm, 3:30 pm

Friday, Aug 31
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm



Mogen Heroes

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Stage

"Mogen's Heroes" business card says "having fun making music." What you see is what you hear. Three grown men acting like kids, singing and playing songs we have grown up with. John Mogen, a Waubay native, started "Mogen's Heroes" in 1978. He plays keyboards, harmonica, and sings. Dennis Gale started playing guitar during his high school days in Wagner. Drummer Bill Hoffman is a Rockham (near Redfield) rocker. "Mogen's Heroes" music can take your mind back to your childhood days. Variety is the key word to the style of music you'll hear from these three fun-makers. Three-part harmonies dominate every song. This year's State Fair performance features two fan favorites: farm broadcaster and personality, Jim Woster, and former KELO-TV anchorman, Doug Lund.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm



The Wildflowers

Midway Roadhouse

The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They sing everything from Country to Christian. The Mother, Jodi Jensen has been singing semi-professionally and competitively since the age of 15 and has traveled all over the United States singing in different bands and performance venues while serving 18 years in the Military. Jodi has five children, three grand children and is married to Daniel Jensen of Huron. The oldest Daughter is Ashli Anna Hurley of Willmar Minnesota. Ashli graduated from Huron high school in 2007. She has two children Ahmara and Ahnalyn. She is married to Kevin Hurly of Willmar. She has been singing competitively since high school and performing at the South Dakota State Fair with the Wild Flowers for over 6 years. The youngest daughter is Elizabeth Ryland of Huron. Elizabeth has been singing competitively and at many benefits in the community for over 6 years. Her first time on stage was at the age 14 right here at the South Dakota state fair performing in the Dakota Star, as well as performing here at the state fair with the Wild Flowers each year since! We all enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fair goers each year. We do a wide variety of music so each day is different and new!

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm



Family Wealth Transfer Seminar presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Ways to:

  • Keep your farm, ranch or business in the family
  • Distribute assets fairly among your children
  • Reduce risk by protecting your estate and business assets
  • Execute a trust, will, power of attorney and more
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
12:30 pm

Friday, Aug 31
3:30 pm



Raptor

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Raptor, the commercial music ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Raptor performs high energy music from a variety of genres and their dynamic stage presence enables them to tell the Air Force story to audiences of all ages.
Through the popular music of today to rock ‘n’ roll classics to patriotic favorites, Raptor showcases the Air Force’s excellence, precision, and innovation in every performance. They are committed to inspiring our American public and honoring our nation’s veterans through the incredible power of music. In addition to enhancing community relations and supporting the recruiting mission of the United States Air Force, Raptor also deploys to support our service members and collaborate with U.S. Embassies to share American culture and build lasting international partnerships. No matter the venue, these talented Airmen musicians proudly represent the more than 660,000 Air Force professionals around the world who relentlessly protect and defend the freedoms we cherish.
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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
1:30 pm, 7:00 pm



Nick Sharp

Midway Roadhouse

For over 25 years Nick's passion has been performing magic  for the masses, globetrotting around  the world. This show has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in over 24 different countries and even in some remote parts of North Dakota. A magical success, Nick facilitates audience participation with a twist of comedy, dazzling the multitudes with magic and variety.

 

Nick's sole purpose is to entertain and do whatever it takes to ensure that the audience is having a good time and that the show goes off without a hitch.


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
1:30 pm, 4:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
1:30 pm, 4:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
1:30 pm



Self Funding Farm/Ranch Concepts Seminar presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
New operating loan funding concepts.
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
2:00 pm



Retire at Zero presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Ways to:

  • Reduce or even eliminate your tax obligation during retirement
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
3:30 pm

Friday, Aug 31
2:00 pm



The Wildflowers

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They sing everything from Country to Christian. The Mother, Jodi Jensen has been singing semi-professionally and competitively since the age of 15 and has traveled all over the United States singing in different bands and performance venues while serving 18 years in the military. Jodi has five children, three grandchildren and is married to Daniel Jensen of Huron. The oldest Daughter is Ashli Anna Hurley of Willmar, Minnesota. Ashli graduated from Huron High School in 2007. She has two children Ahmara and Ahnalyn. She is married to Kevin Hurly of Willmar. She has been singing competitively since high school and performing at the South Dakota State Fair with the Wild Flowers for over 6 years. The youngest daughter is Elizabeth Ryland of Huron. Elizabeth has been singing competitively and at many benefits in the community for over 6 years. Her first time on stage was at the age of 14 right here at the South Dakota State Fair performing in the Dakota Star, as well as performing here at the State Fair with the Wild Flowers each year since! We all enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State Fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many Fair goers each year. We do a wide variety of music so each day is different and new!
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
4:30 pm


SD State Fair Karaoke Rendezvous

Midway Roadhouse

The State Fair is partnering up with Rem Dog Song Entertainment again to bring the karaoke contest back to the fair. Two qualifying competitions will be held at the State Fair on Thursday, August 30 and  Friday, August 31. Prelim competition winners get $100-1st place, $75-2nd place and $50-3rd place.

The qualifiers will be invited to participate in the finals on Saturday, September 1.

The winner takes home $500, 2nd place finalist receives $300, and the 3rd place finalist takes home $200.

Competition begins at 5 pm nightly.

2017 Results

Thursday Preliminary Winners:
1st place: Sarah Taylor
2nd place: Ashli Hurley
3rd Place: Jodi Jensen

Friday Preliminary Winners:
1st place: Theresa Edgar
2nd place: Elizabeth Hofer
3rd place: Dual Shape

Saturday - Finals Winners:
1st place: Dual Shape
2nd place: Theresa Edgar
3rd place: Elizabeth Hofer

 

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
5:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
5:00 pm



The Dweebs

Beer Garden

The Dweebs experience is sweeping the nation!  People from all over are expressing their inner 'Dweeb' like never before. From grandparents to grandkids, teenagers to adults, no one is left out when The Dweebs come to town. Expect The Dweebs to deliver something for every musical taste, every age, and every type of fan! Come enjoy the performance of a talented family having fun making music. This Wisconsin based band features four family members: Michael "Papa Dweeb" Blue, his daughter Claire Blue and his two sons Michael Blue Jr. and Benjamin Blue.

Appearing at premiere events across the nation, The Dweebs' live concert offers the entertainment experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the classic hits of the legendary Johnny Cash and The Beatles to the modern hits of Fun, Pink, and Katy Perry. The Dweebs provide a fun memorable performance full of stage antics, crowd participation, mock rock icons, confetti, flying toilet paper, and more! 

The Dweebs' show is entertaining to the max. See for yourself why The Dweebs truly are America's favorite party band.


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:00 pm



Phil Baker

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Award-winning children’s performer Phil Baker gets kids up and

moving with songs like The Conga, Do the Swim, Hoedown, East Train,

Hug Song, Freeze Rock, and more. It’s an unforgettable performance

where kids are the stars of the show!

"South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts."

Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
9:30 am



Jennifer Littlefield

Guest Artists/Authors

                Paper quilling is an old art form that consists of rolling thin strips of paper into coils, pinching them into shapes and arranging the shapes into designs.  Jennifer has been quilling for 16 years.  She is self-taught and makes a variety of cards, decorations and 3-demensional figures.  Jennifer has been a member of the North American Quilling Guild for 15 years and is the South Dakota Regional Representative.  She received her Accreditation status in 2012 and enjoys sharing this art with other people by teaching classes and showing her work at a variety of fairs and art shows.

Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Stacey Roberts

Guest Artists/Authors
11AM & 3PM- Demonstration

 

Stacy Roberts, though a recent transplant to South Dakota, has deep roots in the state.  Her mother’s side of the family arrived in Richland Township (at the intersection of Spink, Beadle, and Clark counties) in southern Clark County in early 1886.  There in 1899, a great, great, great uncle ran a creamery and another great, great, great uncle started the Post Office at what is now the village of Carpenter.  Both sides of the family had emigrated from Norway – The Opsahls settling in Wisconsin and the Saboes in Iowa – before making their way to the area.  Stacy’s great grandmother, Caroline Iverson Opsahl, was born in Carpenter, Dakota Territory in 1887.  Her grandmother, Carmen Opsahl Lein was born in Carpenter in 1912, and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1940 for work.

 

As a child, Stacy travelled every summer with her grandparents from Seattle to Carpenter to spend time with them at their “summer home” and with her great grandmother and great uncle at the farm that she, her husband Mace, and her mother Jann, now call home.  So Stacy’s love of the area, its history, and all the prairie has to offer was sparked at a very young age.  There were lots of adventures to be had at the farm for a kid from the city. 

 

Being an only child, Stacy spent a lot of time with adults – listening to their stories, watching them at work (both inside and outside the home), cooking, sewing, building, farming, gardening, and creating.  This gave her the opportunity to work alongside them, and she was inquisitive with many questions.  Some of her first sewing lessons were on one of the treadle sewing machines great Grandma Caroline had at the farm and watching her make quilt blocks, then to make some of her own.  (Both Grandma Caroline’s and  Grandma Bani’s hands were always busy creating something.) At the farm there was a picture of Caroline’s mother, Anna Berte Saboe Iverson, at her spinning wheel which fascinated Stacy.  Eventually the wheel went to Seattle with grandma Carmen, and then passed to Stacy.  This is the spinning wheel she is using today.  Grandma Caroline often said that their pastime at night when (she was growing up) was knitting scarves, mittens and socks.  All made from their own wool and spun on this very same spinning wheel.

 

Stacy’s spinning wheel came to Iowa when Caroline’s grandparents came to the United States from Norway in the mid-1800’s, so its true age isn’t known.  For many years it was in storage in the attic at the farm until it went to Seattle after Caroline died.  Then it went into storage in the basement at Carmen’s house until Stacy and Mace bought a house where it was given pride of place in the great room.  And there it stayed until they moved to South Dakota 2014.  After moving, they finally found a man in Minnesota who restores old spinning wheels and has learned to make the pieces that are no longer available.  The wheel had likely not been used since the 1920’s or 30’s when great, great grandma Anna Berte died.

 

Stacy’s creativity comes naturally and intuitively and she had been fortunate to be surrounded by creative people all of her life, people who have answered her questions and had the patience to work with her and show her how to create.  Her grandmother was an excellent seamstress who had worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company teaching people how to use the sewing machines they bought.  It was this employer that took her to Seattle in 1940.

 

Following high school, Stacy attended the Art Institute of Chicago studying art and design, then returned to Seattle where she studied pattern making, fabric draping, and clothing design.  Following that she went to work in the clothing design, fabric design and manufacturing world in Seattle.  In addition to her professional life in design, she is an accomplished cook, baker, gardener (both ornamental and edible plants), seamstress, crocheter, painter, landscaper and (thinking it would be fun to learn) a professional pruner of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs.  Like Carmen and great grandma Caroline her hands are rarely idle. 

 

Stacy and Mace currently grow and sell produce and products from their farm (Little City Farms) at the Huron Farmers Market.  Her creativity can be seen in the beautiful fibers she creates and in the one of a kind crocheted items she makes.  Her pieces are available for purchase and she will take special orders for people.  She enjoys taking the time getting to know them and using the creative process to plan a project uniquely for them.


Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Deach Koch

Midway Roadhouse

Deach Koch is a singer-songwriter who hails from the big city of Gann Valley, South Dakota.  Deach has played at numerous venues throughout South Dakota, entertaining the crowd with his smooth voice and original music as well as covers spanning a wide array of music and styles.

Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm



Goddesses of Rock

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Imagine attending a concert where the marquee reads NOW PLAYING:  HEART, MADONNA, PAT BENATAR, JOAN JETT, JANIS JOPLIN, LADY GAGA, ETC.............   What an event that would be!  Now that can happen for everyone! 

We have combined three dynamic female vocalists along with one of the premiere bands in the United States to form GODDESSES OF ROCK.  Now, you have a chance to see and hear your favorite rock goddesses of the past 50 years.

Watch as each vocalist transforms into one of your favorite artists and performs their hits that have turned them into true goddesses of rock.  This is a must see show for everyone from 8 to 80 years old.


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
1:15 pm, 7:30 pm



Dakota Star presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Dakota Star presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union is the SD State Fair's version of American Idol! Contestants compete in preliminary competition Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those who make it out of the preliminary competition will move onto the finals!

2018 Entry Form and Rules

Meet the 2017 Dakota Star Dayna Jones

“I just wanna keep writing songs and playing my music”, says the newest Dakota Star Talent Search winner following her success at this year’s South Dakota State Fair in Huron.   Even though talent contests are not a normal part of her repertoire, Dayna Jones is no rookie to the music world.  She has been performing most of her life with experience in community theater and has spent the past 8 years traveling with a band.  Jones admits it was the opportunity to play in front of the State Fair crowds, the $1,000 prize money and the recording session with Cathouse Studio that enticed her to enter the Dakota Star competition. 

The Dakota Star Search is sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union and is a high visibility event for local artists and musicians to showcase their talent.  It is hosted on the Freedom Stage during the South Dakota State Fair and entries of all ages were submitted from across the state.  Ms. Jones was the winner of the adult category, while second place went to Heather Andrie of Brookings.  In the junior category (age 12-17) top honors went to Alexis Urena of Huron, second place to Madalina Cretu of Wolsey and third place to Saraya Bronson of Wilmot.  Katelyn Ahlers of Mitchell was the winner of the child category (up to 11 years of age), Ciara Blake of Mitchell took second place and third place went to Taylor Mischke of Hayti. 

When asked what she plans to do with her $1,000 purse, Dayna confessed she intends to “reinvest” it back into her band, Jones & Company.  The group is a 5 member band she has been committed to for the past 4 years.  Our newest Dakota Star not only provides lead vocals for Jones & Company, but also plays guitar and knows her way around a piano.  Dayna declares she and her band play a variety of music, from country to rock to pop, but she personally enjoys performing her own songs.  She hopes to utilize the studio session with Cathouse of Sioux Falls, which she won as part of the Dakota Star title, to record some of her original works.  Even though Dayna is committed to her goal of writing music and continuing to perform, she does live a dual life.  Ms. Jones is a 14 year veteran teacher with the Bridgewater-Emery School District and is the star of her very own kindergarten classroom.  “Most people who meet the musician side of me, are shocked to find out I am a kindergarten teacher”, explained Jones.  

Classroom or stage, Dayna is making the most of the opportunities that lay ahead.  In fact, the next opportunity for you to see Jones & Company perform is at The District in Sioux Falls on Saturday, October 14th.  Dayna and her crew will open for one of country music’s hottest new artists, Lauren Alaina, as they headline the “Angels of Light Benefit” hosted by the Guiding Hand Foundation. For more information and tickets go to https://www.guidinghandsd.org/benefit.  To follow Dayna and Jones & Company, be sure to check them out on Facebook or visit https://www.jonesandcompanymusic.com.   

-Contributed story from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union


Sponsored By:
Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
6:00 pm

Monday, Sep 3
5:00 pm



Johnny Holm Band

Beer Garden

Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as "the pied piper" notices a lag. "Never a dull moment" was never a truer description.

Surrounding himself with the finest musicians in the Midwest, the band rocks, picks, and thunders along for 3-4 hours, almost non-stop from the first song to the last laugh.

Millions of people have seen Johnny over the years, and millions of people have been part of his factorage.

 The band plays in most of the United States but most dates are in the 5-state upper Midwest area.

 Ask anyone with a twinkle in their eye or a knowing smile about Johnny. They'll try and tell you all about the mayhem that masquerades as a rock and roll band.


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
10:00 pm



Jason Earl

Midway Roadhouse

   Formed in 2012, Jason Earl Band has been quietly making their way across the Country, entertaining thousands of country music fans, en route to becoming one of the most popular country cover bands in the Midwest!

      The members from Jason Earl Band have shared the stage with many National touring performers such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Tracy Lawrence, Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser, Casey Donahew Band, Bart Crow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Ricochet, Cody Johnson, Jerrod Neimann, LoCash, Heath Wright & The Hangmen and many, many others.

       Proudly sponsored by Busch Light, you can check these guys out on Facebook or on the web at jasonearlmusic.com. Jason Earl Band has been referred to as "The Fastest Rising Country Band in Nebraska!" You owe it to yourself to come out and see why!!

Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
10:00 pm



Rita Baszler

Guest Artists/Authors

Tom, my husband, of 24 year calls me an artist and my girls, Courtney and Cassidy, say that I am always doing something creative. I call myself crafty.  When I was young my mother instilled the passion of arts and crafts in me and I am grateful for it. About 4 years ago a friend and I purchased the stained glass that I use from my home town (Huron) school auction. We had talked about creating some mosaic garden art.  Well that purchase turned into so much more.

I first created a small window charm, then started creating pendants. I soldered a few window patterns, but my true passion is creating jewelry that I can give as gifts. I had created and given nearly 100 pendants away before my friends convinced me to start selling them.  Each time I sit down to fashion more pieces I learn better technique.  It is all a learning process.

Nature has always inspired me. I love gardening and nurturing plants into beautiful flowers. Recently I combined my two loves. I began drying flowers and incorporating them into my stained glass jewelry.   I use the Tiffany style stained glass process.  


I also enjoy creating and re purposing antiques.  I have recently started turning antique silver plated flatware into jewelry. I stamp mostly inspirational saying on the jewelry, but custom orders are also fun to work on.

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jean Patrick

Guest Artists/Authors

As you already know, I'm a children's book author. Most of all, I love discovering little-known stories from history and helping them come alive.

But I suppose some of you want the basic facts about my life, right?  Here it goes:

I was born in Carbondale, Illinois (way down in the southern tip of the state). However, I was raised in suburban Chicago where I played baseball with my brothers and cheered endlessly for the Chicago Cubs. 

When I was fourteen, my family moved to Lindsborg, Kansas, where I spent my high school years running track, playing tennis, and playing clarinet in the band and orchestra. I sat next to my best friend, Toni, and we spent most of our time laughing behind our music stands and getting into wars with the trombone section.

When I was eighteen, I went to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where I majored in English (and also studied history and elementary education). After that, I went to graduate school for three years at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where I earned an M.A. in English. 

Somewhere along the line, I realized that I was getting tired of going to school. So, my husband and I moved to South Dakota and raised three children. We also raised zillions of animals. (Well, maybe not zillions, but close to it!)

Years later (after writing several books), I realized that I missed school. In 2011, I began work on a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I received my degree in January 2014.

Since then, I've continued to write and to surround myself with animals.  

The newest animal on the farm is Freda, a hyperactive German wire-haired pointer. She usually goes to work with my husband (a veterinarian), but during the evening, she gets to come in the house. We're doing our best to teach her to stay on a pillow like the dog in the L.L. Bean catalog, but that isn't working out so well.

But back to my life...  Besides being an author, I write a weekly children's book column for our newspaper (The Mitchell Daily Republic); travel to schools and libraries to talk about writing; lead book discussions for the South Dakota Humanities Council; and substitute teach in a nearby town. I also work as a children's librarian at the Mitchell Public Library (the same place where I wrote and researched many of my books).

When I'm not doing any of those things, you can find me watching baseball, playing tennis, or taking an early morning run down our dirt road.


More Information:
Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards and Rural Dakota Pride Awards

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
10:30 am



The Overtones

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Stage
The Overtones quartet have been singing together for over 30 year. Their harmonies and blend have compared to The Statler Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys. 
The Overtones have sung in many locations across Minnesota and North Dakota, doing County Fairs, Church services, sung at the Chester Fritz several times, as well as many other types of celebratioins. They do a variety of music-music is of The Salter Brothers, Oakridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band, Statesmen, Country, Everly Brothers, Louis Armstrong, 50's & 60's music as well as some barbershop and many other old favorite songs that all enjoy.
The group is made is made up of Keith Sandland, baritone, who is a building contractor and wood processor. Randy Holwell, lead, is a fromer owner of a Concrete business. Neil Vagle, tenor, is a retired teacher. Dale Billberg, bass, is a semi-retired farmer, hauls gravel and black dirt, and aything else that can be hauled. 
During performances, it is easy to see that The Overtones enjoy singing together, and many times the audience is invited to sing along on to the familiar songs that all enjoy.
Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 2
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sep 3
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm



Jersey Girls

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

The Jersey Girls are now, as venue owners often like to say - "raising the roof" every weekend  in the Chicago-land area and all around the Midwest. With their harmonies, choreographies, eye-catching costumes, and high energy performance they easily become the heart of every celebration. Expect to see them on the stage, on the dance-floor, by the bar, or even at your table! They are best known for their energetic interactive performances where guests often feel as if they are part of the show. 

 

Whether they sing in front of ten, one hundred, or one thousand people, the Jersey Girls bring their full energy and vocal capacity to EVERY show and put a smile on EVERYONE’s face in the audience!


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
11:45 am, 7:30 pm



TEEM

Midway Roadhouse

TEEM is Eric Meek and Eric Tompkins, an acoustic duo formed in the bars and basement od Sioux City, Iowa. Eric and Eric met at the University of South Dakota and took a ten-year hiatus from entertaining at house parties to pursue their awesome career choices. As chance would have it, they reunited in 2016 and have been taking bars, beaches, and beer gardens by storm in the Sioux City regional area with their wide selection of original and cover songs that cross all genres of music. They even have a shot named in their honor "TEEM bomb.” If you like day drinking paired with good times these are your guys. 

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm



Arm Wrestling Competition

Midway Roadhouse

Arm Wrestling Registration - 12 pm
Arm Wrestling Competition - 1 pm

4 Weight Divisions:
0-175 lbs.
176-200 lbs.
201 and up lbs.
Open Class Left Handed

Weigh-in will take place the day of the event. Competitors can enter as many weight divisions as they'd like; however, you cannot enter a weight division lower than the current weight.

Competition will be held in a round robin format.

Each match will have a (1) minute time limit. If no pin is made within a minute, whoever has the advantage after (1) minute will be the winner.

2017 Results

175 lbs and under Division
1st place: Robert Feldhaus
2nd place: Mark Schatz 
3rd place: Chris Dschaak

176 lbs - 200 lbs Division
1st place: Darren Johnson
2nd place: David Murphy
3rd place: Adam Fleischacker

201 lbs and up Division
1st place: Eugene Martin
2nd place: Craig Lambert
3rd place: Todd Schroeder

Left Handed Division
1st place: Eugene Martin
2nd place: Darrin Johnson
3rd place: Craig Lambert

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
1:00 pm



Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
2:00 pm



Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
Congratulations to the 2017 Miss SD State Fair Carrie Wintle!

The South Dakota State Fair will celebrate the crowning of a new Miss South Dakota State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Huron. The pageant, a preliminary to the Miss South Dakota program is open to young women ages 17 and 24.

In addition, a teen competition will also be held during the pageant. Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen is open to young ladies between 13 and 17 years old.

Two titles are open for Miss - Miss State Fair and Miss Wheel Jam and two titles open for Teen - Miss State Fair Outstanding Teen and Miss Wheel Jam Outstanding Teen.

The Current Miss State Fair and Miss State Fair Outstanding Teen will reign over the fair with crown and sash until Monday, Sept. 3. The new title holders will be "in waiting" wearing only their sash and will regin during the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Contestants will arrive on Friday by 6:00 pm. Interviews will be held on Saturday Morning. Host homes will be provided to contestants if needed.

For more information contact
Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant Directors
Carolyn & Monica Knutson
bc4knut@itctel.com
(605) 690-2390


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
2:00 pm



Williams and Ree

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Williams and Ree, the self-professed “Indian and White Guy,” have been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique and irreverent comedy/musical style for over three decades. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree have established themselves as proven headliners at fairs, festivals, arenas, and casino venues. They continuously refresh and reinvent themselves show after show by incorporating topical and observational humor “dripped from the headlines.” Williams and Ree have the added “wow” factor of being terrifically talented musicians and singers as well. Numerous television, radio, and commercial appearances have cemented their relationship with their fan base, promoters, and marketing directors. The sheer longevity of this dynamic duo has allowed them to attain legendary status and point up the fact that they are truly America’s favorite comedy team!


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
4:00 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents 2018 CD of the Year winner Kim Plender

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Kim has a five piece band that uses blue grass instruments to play many genres of music. That’s Buffalo Grass. She also has a band called "Kim and the Cue Balls" which is piano, bass and guitar driven; they do mostly classic country and old time rock and roll.

 

Kim also has a group, loosely called "Kim and the Geezers." This group performs mostly for senior homes and some other things.

 

Oh! Yes! She is also the worship minister at Black Hawk community Church! Yikes! She is a busy girl!

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
6:00 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents 2018 Neil and Jenni Bagaus members of South Dakota's own "Suns of the West"

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Neil & Jenni Bagaus are members of the "Suns of the West," a South Dakota based group formed in 1969. The "Suns" still perform reunion shows across South Dakota.

 

Jenni, who plays piano and sings, works full time for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. Neil performs as "Conductor Neil" on tourist trains for the Royal Palm Railway Experience in Central Florida. He also sings and entertains on the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida.

 

They both come from musical families. The "Suns of the West" include 6 family members!  

 

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
6:45 pm



Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band

Beer Garden

Cowboys, Bikers, Good 'Ol Country folks...the party never stops with Dustin Evans & the Good Times Band. As a Nashville recording artist, Dustin Evans has recorded 4 studio albums including 'Good Ol Days To Come' which features great songs like "Here", "Home Away From Lonely", "Good Ol Days To Come", "Mama Was A Train", and many more! The Good Times Band is a very talented group of musicians including Ned LeDoux on drums. Ned is the son of the great cowboy legend Chris LeDoux and toured extensively with his dad's band Western Underground. Gary Snow is one of the most talented guitarists in the area. Tim Deats adds great musicianship on the keyboards, harmonica, and tequila bottle...what?...WAHOOOOO!

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



Avenger Joe w/ On The Run

Midway Roadhouse
Formed in 2012 in South Dakota, “Avenger Joe” is a professional level variety band specializing in Country, Pop and Rock Music. The band sets itself apart from other regional acts with its dedication to quality and professionalism. We have full production that enables us to do large and small venues. Our 25,000 watt P/A system and light show can accommodate street dances, fairs,
downtown concerts, outdoor events, weddings and large indoor venues. Members include Trent Johnson, John Pettigrew, Trent Aman, Kaila Dakota and Brian Michael. Kaila is from Aurora, SD and is now based out of Nashville as a singer songwriter. Brian is a singer, songwriter
& producer from California and is also based out of Nashville. Together they form the duo “On The Run” and perform acoustic shows all over the country. In 2017 the duo was nominated by iHeart Radio’s “Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards ” for Kaila’s voice as “FEMALE
SINGER OF THE YEAR”. “On The Run” has joined with “Avenger Joe” and will be fronting the band as dual lead singers/guitar players. These two are amazing talents!
Kaila was a 2014 “golden ticket” winner on “AMERICAN IDOL” and made an impressive run in Hollywood. She also won the 2015 WE-FEST singing competition beating out 1,000’s of singers and earning a spot on the main stage at WE-FEST with Blake Shelton. “Avenger Joe” featuring “On The Run” will give you not ONE but TWO professional acts giving you a double dose of AMAZING! We pride ourselves on being professional, humble, thankful and easy to work with. Our goal is to give the audience the best show possible with a large dose of fun!


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



Karen Pearson

Guest Artists/Authors

Karen Pearson was born and raised in South Dakota and is a retired public health professional. Her career has focused broadly on supporting and advocating for programs and services for women, children and families.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica immediately after college, moved back to South Dakota after her volunteer service to work in health, education and social services in the state.  She spent some of that time working on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations. 

 

Karen moved to Alaska and while working for the Division of Public Health focused first on improving maternal and child health.  Then, in a leadership role with the Denali Commission and partnering with other government and non-governmental organizations, she focused her work on improving access to primary care in all of the rural areas across the state, receiving numerous awards for this work.

 

While in Alaska she was involved in several efforts involving public health in the Arctic countries. In this role she co-chaired, on behalf of the US State Department, the US delegation to Taking Wing-The International Conference on Gender Equity and Women in the Arctic in Finland.  Additionally, volunteer work with women’s groups in China and Russia expanded her understanding of the issues of women in diverse cultures and circumstances and brought her a renewed commitment to advocacy on behalf of women everywhere. 

 

Together with a very talented injury epidemiologist in Alaska, she worked to bring the public health community in the state and region a better understanding that family violence and sexual assault is a greater public health issue on a day to day basis for most women and children than are communicable diseases and other traditional public health problems. Together they established the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Program.

 

Building on work with colleagues in South Dakota early in her career to establish an Advocacy Network for Women in SD, she remains committed to educating, inspiring and advocating for all women, of all ages, all of the time.  Currently she is active in developing and delivering a leadership program for women who are entering the work force or seeking upward mobility at work.  

 

She authored the book “Dakota Dreams:  Stories of Passion and Perseverance” and is currently working with a group of women friends to produce a book honoring the SD women who have worked over the past one hundred years to bring equity to the women of the state. 

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Cindy Gregg

Guest Artists/Authors
DakotaAnne Trinkets are the creation of Cindy Gregg.  Cindy was born in Germany, lived in England, Ohio and Florida before moving to South Dakota 13 years ago.  Her travels have taken her to Africa, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and all over the United States and Canada.  With a degree in Biology, she worked as a naturalist in the Florida Everglades for many years.  She is currently the executive director of the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.  To combat stress and winter doldrums, she began creating jewelry.  Her jewelry designs reflect her love of the water, nature and nature's amazing gemstones.  Each piece of jewelry is unique; many pieces feature components made by various tribes and peoples in Africa, Tibet, Thailand, and Bali.  Your purchases of DakotaAnne jewelry help these peoples in their day to day lives.
Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Due North

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

We are Due North. Hailing from the Twin Cities area, Due North is one of the Midwest’s newest a cappella ensembles. The group was founded in April 2017 and is busy at work to represent the great state they all call home. The name was inspired from Minnesota’s formally adopted French motto "L'Etoile du Nord" meaning “Star of the North”. Likewise, each member of the vocal band has had an eclectic musical journey thus far; yet similar to the gravitational pull of a compass they have always been guided back to their love for A Cappella.

 

Due North hopes to leave its own footprint on the genre while bringing a family fun atmosphere to each and every performance. The group performs all over the Midwest and in March 2018 the group was crowned the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Regional Champions and voted Audience Favorite.

 

From the inter-webs, to the city streets, to the stage, Due North will bring a refreshing taste to the music you know and love, while adding new songs to file away in your personal playlist. With a fresh outlook, immense passion, and a vibrant energy – there is only one direction to go – Due North.

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
11:00 am, 4:30 pm


Community Worship and Praise Service

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
11:00 am



Cash Creek

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

From the downbeat of their first song, you’ll realize this is unlike any country band you’ve ever heard before. Their sound is a unique blending of big vocals and big guitars, with a healthy dose of fiddle, and mandolin mixed in for good measure. The songs and production are of such a high-caliber, it’s hard to believe this project is self-produced. With its distinctive sound and hook laden tunes, you will be driven to listen again and again.

 

Although Cash Creek is a relatively new band, its members have enjoyed long histories and friendships together, some going as far back as the fifth grade! Each has carved out their own niche in the music industry as entertainers, road and session musicians, producers, and songwriters. When they formed what is now the band, they knew they wanted to create a sound that would reflect a common vision, and maintain a cohesiveness that would be instantly recognizable, regardless of the song. Well, one can safely say, mission accomplished!

 

The members of Cash Creek are seasoned professionals with experience at the highest levels. The list of artists they’ve worked with reads like a “who’s who” in Country Music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams, Jr., John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Pam Tillis, David Lee Murphy and many more. Needless to say, they know how to play in the big leagues.

 

Witnessing a Cash Creek show is a pure pleasure. Writers and critics use phrases like “high energy”, “strong stage presence” and “charisma”, which Cash Creek has in truckloads, but it’s their ability to make it look so easy and seem to truly enjoy what they’re doing is really what is so engaging and entertaining about this band.

Geographically, Cash Creek runs “all over the map”, with its members hailing from Tennessee, California, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Musically, they come from a place where, razor-sharp musicianship, seamless harmonies, and top-drawer songs flow into years of experience and a true passion for what they do. It’s a place called Cash Creek!

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
12:00 pm, 7:30 pm



Dayna Jones

Midway Roadhouse

Dayna Jones is a singer/songwriter from Emery, SD and has been performing in and around the states of  SD, MN, IA and TN for the past 12 years.  She is currently the lead vocalist for her band, Jones & Company. Dayna and the band have opened for rock band Theory of a Deadman, country star Lauren Alaina, and Grammy nominated Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers. She even sang once with country superstar Martina McBride. Dayna is a powerful vocalist who can sing just about anything, heck, she even raps sometimes.  She isn't tied to one genre and that's what audiences love about her. She is also the 2018 Dakota Star Winner.


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
12:00 pm



Congressional Debate hosted by KSFY

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

With two months to go before the general election, meet the candidates who want to be South Dakota’s next member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Confirmed participants are Tim Bjorkman (D), Dusty Johnson (R) and Ron Wieczorek (I) and George Hendrickson (L).

The debate will be moderated by KSFY’s Brian Allen.

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

South Dakota Auctioneers Association will be hosting the Bid Calling State Contest at the South Dakota State Fair.

You need to be a member of the SDAA and be in good standing to compete. Upon winning you will host the fun auction at the South Dakota Auctioneers Convention in June and emcee the next year's contest.



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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
2:00 pm



Weston Frank Band

Midway Roadhouse

After a few years on his own, Weston Frank was encouraged by many fans and venue owners to bring back the band, for bigger events. Comprised of long time friends, band mates from pervious projects, and even a few members from "rival" groups, Weston has hand picked the band that is not only the best country group in the area, but also the most fun. You'll hear anything from Waylon Jennings to Eric Church, and even a handful of Weston's own songs!

Sorry, no FGL or Luke Bryan..... we're actually not sorry about that...

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
3:00 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame Annual Award Ceremony

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame (SDCMHoF) will be presenting the 15th Annual Awards in a ceremony at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD on Sunday, September 2, 2018. The 2018 inductees will be presented their awards on the Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage by Gate 3 starting at 6 pm.

Our event for 2018 is dedicated to the memory of Chris Woodard who passed away from her courageous battle with cancer April 28, 2018.  Chris was the wife of 2017 inductee Tim Woodard and a longtime musical duo of 16 years.  Tim and Chris as Rural Route #1 played for many functions in the northern area of South Dakota.  Tim has retired both guitars that he and Chris played together with.

2018 Inductees are: Phyllis Hummel – Lester Prairie, Ray Hilmer - Harrisburg, John Thiesen (posthumous) – Valley Springs, Gerald Heitmann Lake City, Franklin Keeble Sr. - Grenville, Maurice Bueber -Tripp, Craig Winquist - Alcester, Paul Larson – Hill City, Gordon Olson – Misson Hill.  Other 2018 awards winners include:  Lifetime Achievement Award: Elva Meyers – Yankton, Gospel CD of the Year - Leland Harding III / Anton Mack  - Willow Lake/Watertown “You Got To Have Faith.”  CD of the Year:  Dave Oyen – Kalispell “Acoustic” &  Kim Plender – Box Elder “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.”  The new 2018 category Songwriter of the Year:  Dale Allen Pommer – Nashville, and Promoter of the Year: High Country Guest Ranch – Hill City.

Inductees are all nominated by their peers, friends, or family.  They are then selected based on their musical history, promotion, and support of country music in South Dakota.  Musicians and performers are selected from throughout all the entire great state of South Dakota. There are no age restrictions except for the Lifetime achievement award.  For this award, the selected inductee must be at least 70 years old and have promoted country music in South Dakota for most of their lives and be a prior hall of fame inductee.

In addition to honoring our musicians, the use of some of the donations for the Hall of Fame is to help provide musical supplies for the beginners in the elementary school levels. It is our belief that kids need support and encouragement to become involved in the arts and music is an art. This is the organization's way of giving back to the community as well. Helping children get music supplies is very important. We are the only statewide organization that puts musical supplies into the hands of elementary students in their formative years.

The South Country Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization and all work is done on a voluntary basis.  The organization relies primarily on donations for its support.   South Dakota merchants and vendors are used for the business needs whenever possible, and is our way of supporting South Dakota.  A huge shout out of thanks to the venues that host our events, without them, none of this would be possible.

We want to thank the South Dakota State Fair Board for hosting our event in Huron and the Farm Bureau Financial Services for hosting our event on the Dakotaland stage at the state fair.

Please conact us at 605-310-2441 or email us at: sdcmhof@southdakotacountrymusichalloffame.org





Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
6:00 pm



Dirty Word

Beer Garden

Dirty Word is a talented group of accomplished performers that have been giving jaw dropping performances since 1998.  Front man John Scalia and drummer Dale Hieb have been the foundation of the group since its inception and have formed a chemistry on stage of musicianship and showmanship that has become unrivaled in the country. Recently they have expanded their territory taking the Dirty Word experience nationally to Texas, Colorado, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Kansas as well as a number of stops in Scalia’s home state of Louisiana.  Entertaining the troops overseas has also become a regular event making stops in Qatar, Kuwait, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.  The band has become the “must have act” at clubs, fairs and festivals across the Midwest and is a bringing the first new original single “How Long” from their up and coming album with them.  “How Long” is available now on iTunesGoogle Play, Spotify and other popular online retailers.  Check out the full tour schedule and catch the next Dirty Word show near you!

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
10:00 pm



Black Water Band

Midway Roadhouse

The Black Water Band was established in 2003 with one purpose in mind, to bring a high energy live show! We play your favorite rock, country, and pop songs from the 1980’s through today’s current hits.

 

They can be found on any given weekend performing at clubs, street dances, festivals, and even opening up for national acts.

 

The Black Water Band is a four-piece band with Kimberly Meyer on lead vocals, keyboards, and guitar, Jason Haven on vocals and lead guitar, Mike Schmitt on vocals and bass, and Tony Hulst on the drums.

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 2
10:00 pm


Mane Attraction

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

This year the South Dakota State Fair will be hosting the first annual “Mane Attraction” on Monday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 pm at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage.  Registration is at 1 pm. Do you think that you have the longest or maybe even the wackiest hair at the State Fair? Come out and put it to the test! There will be one competition for the longest ponytail and one for the wackiest hair! There are two divisions in each contest; ages 12 and under and ages 13 and above.  The Mane Attraction is all part of the Fairytales and Fantasies day on Mon. Sept. 3.

Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
1:30 am



Diaper Derby

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Test your baby’s speed in the second annual Diaper Derby at the SD State Fair! Babies will crawl from one side to the other, and the lucky three who do it the fastest will receive a state-of-the-art Diaper Derby trophy! All babies participating must be under 15 months of age.

Registration will be at 9:00 AM

Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
9:30 am



Ethel Diggs

Guest Artists/Authors
1PM- Presentation

Ethel Diggs is a South Dakota author who writes romantic mysteries and inspirational books. Her titles include; “Call T Praise”, Love In The Mind And Heart Of God”, Jonathan’s Love”, “Amethyst Angel”, “A Hot Winter In Eden”, “The Secrets Of Mansfield Manor”, and soon to be released “Security Breach”, a sequel to “The Secrets of Mansfield Manor”. Ethel grew up in San Francisco, California and has traveled abroad. She enjoys marrying her life’s adventures to the sight, sounds and flavors of South Dakota. Ethel has lived in South Dakota twelve years, and resides in Mellette South Dakota with her husband Jonathan Nerland.
Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Cap'n Arr

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

“The Misadventures of Cap'n Arrr!” is an interactive comedy performance that will have kids (and grown-ups) rolling on the floor! Cap'n Arrr's program is packed full of audience participation and includes basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate too!

 

The master of mime Marcel Marceau took note of Cap’n Arrr’s raw talent and invited him to his school in Paris. Not only did he learn to be a Master of Pantomime & Physical Comedy, but how to feel and interact with each audience member be they young, senior or professional, characterizing the Captain’s gift as an endearing and universal performer.

 

Cap’n Arrr’s performance is brimming with comedy as he battles with sea creatures, selects his first mate from the audience, and juggles oversized canon balls (giant black balloons filled with water). Navigating his ship and dropping anchor at your fair, his show will steal the hearts of young and old, leaving nothing but smiles.

Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
11:00 am, 2:30 pm



Kid and Nic

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

A fun, high energy, interactive, musical group since 1997!

 

When Nicole (Nic) and Kirk (Kid) Tracy met, they had no idea that their partnership would soon include leading a band together.  Nicole was a busy actor who performed Shakespeare, Neil Simon, various musicals, and played a character on the television series Beverly Hills 90210.  Kirk was a working saxophonist who played live with The Shirelles, The Ink Spots, Dave Wakeling (The English Beat and General Public), and recorded the Epic Records debut release of the ska group Save Ferris.  Although, once they met everything changed.  A fun, high energy, interactive show was born that features a cool blend of a wide variety of different music.  Since the formation of this husband and wife led five piece band in 1997, The Kid and Nic Show has performed regularly from the House of Blues stages in Hollywood and Anaheim to clubs, casinos, theaters, festivals and special events across the country.  Past tours have taken the show to over 16 states.  The Kid and Nic Show has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Food Networks "Bobby Flay's Food Nation", as well as morning news shows in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nevada and Arizona.  Their story has also been told in periodicals across the nation.  Songs from Kid and Nic's last release Where You Are There You Is are enjoying regular rotation on radio stations across the nation and around the world!  Kid and Nic take their audiences on a trip across the landscape of American music and comedy for a show that provides a lot of laughs, great danceable music and a genuine feeling of joy!

Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
12:00 pm, 3:30 pm



2016 winners - L to R: Elizabeth Hofer - 1st Swepstakes, Brown County Fair; Kianna Healy - Grand Award Winner, Sioux Empire Fair; Ashley Fink - 2nd Sweepstakes, Turner County Fair; Maria Noyes & Deni Zeeb - 3rd Sweeptsakes, Sully County Fair

SD Youth Talent Contest

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

This will be the 29th year for the State Youth Talent Contest.

The contest has different categories which can be entered; vocal solo female, vocal solo male, vocal group, band/instrumental group, instrumental solo, dance solo, dance group & variety.

To qualify for the state contest a contestant must compete at a local contest held at an event that is a member of the South Dakota Association of Fairs & Celebrations. Contestants must meet age qualifications of 13 – 19. Must be 13 by the first day of the South Dakota State Fair and not more than 19 by the first day of the South Dakota State Fair.

The sponsors for this year's contest are:
  • Grand Award - $500.00 - Romeo Entertainment Group
  • 1st Sweepstakes - $250.00 sponsored by Theatrical Media Services  |  2nd Sweepstakes  $150.00 sponsored by SD Assoc. of Fairs and Celebrations   |   3rd Sweepstakes - $100.00 sponsored by SD Assoc. of Fairs and Celebrations
  • Trophies for the first four places – RaceWest Awards & Trophies
  • T-Shirts for each contestant – South Dakota Association of Fairs & Celebrations
For more information on the Youth Talent Contest contact the State Youth Talent Contest Coordinator at  sdafc@southdakotafairs.com.
Schedule

Monday, Sep 3
1:00 pm

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