AUG 31 - SEP 4, 2017

HURON, SD

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Free Entertainment



Avenger Joe

Beer Garden

Avenger Joe is a three-piece variety band created by Trent Johnson, Jason Haven, and John Pettigrew. All three members have spent many years traveling and performing throughout the Midwest at a variety of venues from bars and clubs to street dances and main stage events. Individually, the members of Avenger Joe have been parts of groups that have opened for headlining acts of many genres including Hairball, The Guess Who, Skid Row, LA Guns, Blackhawk, Joan Jett, Sawyer Brown, Rascall Flats, Joe Nichols, Lee Ann Womack, Gwen Sebastian, Love n Theft and more. Avenger Joe's goal is to bring a quality show. The band not only takes pride in their work but they also love what they do. With a set list that contains a mix of classic congs and current hits, a fun show, years of experience and a professional attitude, it's a good bet that you'll enjoy Avenger Joe!


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Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 30
10:00 pm



Comedy Science Show

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
TIME TBD

Friday, Sep 1
12:00 pm



Nick Sharp Magic Show

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.

 

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
TIME TBD

Friday, Sep 1
TIME TBD

Sunday, Sep 3
TIME TBD



Noah's Way Exotic Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Grounds/Strolling

Located in the MIP Building

Noah's Way Exotic Petting Zoo will feature at least 40 animals of various species. Animals may include camel, zebra, nilgai antelope, oryx antelope, eland antelope, water buffalo, watusi, zebu, alpaca, African crested porcupine, cavy, coatimundi, lemur, giant tortoise, sheep, and goats.

Pony rides will be offered along with the petting zoo.  Pony rides are $5/ride.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
ALL DAY

Friday, Sep 1
ALL DAY

Saturday, Sep 2
ALL DAY

Sunday, Sep 3
ALL DAY

Monday, Sep 4
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 31
10:00 am



Salute to Veterans

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

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

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
10:30 am



The Great Bear Show Exhibit

Grounds/Strolling

Thursday, Aug. 31 - Sunday, Sept. 3
9 am - 8 pm
Monday, Sept. 4
9 am - 6 pm

The Bear Troupe travels throughout the U.S. under the direction of owner/trainer Bob Steele to events such as Sportsman's Show and Fairs to educate the public about bears and how to co-exist with them. Most of the year is spent wandering their 200 acre ranch in Texas. The fourth generation animal trainer works with his furry companions to educate and entertain spectators who otherwise do not know about bears, their nature and intelligence, both in captivity and in the wild.


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Friday, Sep 1
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 2
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 3
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Monday, Sep 4
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 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 31
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, Sep 3
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sep 4
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:45 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. Rem Dog will take the show on the road this summer for qualifying contests. Two more qualifying competitions will be held at the State Fair on Thursday, August 31 and  Friday, September 1. 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 2.

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

Competition begins at 5 pm nightly.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
5:00 pm

Friday, Sep 1
5:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 2
5:00 pm


Dreamweaver Comedy Hypnosis Show

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 31
7:00 pm

Friday, Sep 1
3:00 pm, 8:00 pm



The Dweebs

Beer Garden

The Dweebs expereince 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 performances 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 expereince of a lifetime. Enjoy 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, 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 31
10:00 pm



Crossroad Station

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Schedule

Friday, Sep 1
11:00 am, 4:30 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!

Click here to access the rules and registration!

 

Congratulations to our 2016 Dakota Star Winners!

Adult Category: 18 yrs. and older
Dacotah Star (1st place): Kayla Tingle, Aurora
2nd place: Dayna Jones, Emery

Junior Category: 12-17 yrs.
1st place: Elizabeth Hofer, Bruce
2nd place: Kianna Healy, Hartford
3rd place: Cutler Michalski, Willow Lake

Child Category: 11 yrs. and younger
1st place: Ciara Blake, Mitchell
2nd place: Reese Reichert, Parkston
3rd place: Kate Ahlers, Mitchell


Sponsored By:
Schedule

Friday, Sep 1
6:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 2
6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 3
6:00 pm

Monday, Sep 4
5:00 pm



Dustin Evans & 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 youred extensively with he 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!


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Schedule

Friday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



The Rude Band

Midway Roadhouse


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Schedule

Friday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Hosted by SD Farmers Union

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
TIME TBD



Rural Dakota Pride Awards

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Hosted by SD Farmers Union

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
TIME TBD



Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Hosted by SD Farmers Union

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
TIME TBD



The Overtones

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Stage

The Overtones Quartet has been singing together for over 30 years. Their harmonies and blend have been 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 celebrations. They do a variety of music-music of The Statler Brothers, Oakridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band, Statesmen, Country, Everly Brothers, Loius Armstrong, 50's & 60's music as well as some Barbershop and many old favorite songs that all enjoy.

Schedule

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

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

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


Bean Bag Competition

Beer Garden

More information will be posted this summer on the bean bag competition.


Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
12:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 3
12:00 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.

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
1:00 pm



Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Congratulations to the 2016 Miss SD State Fair Carly Goodhart!

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. 4. The new title holders will be "in waiting" wearing only their sash and will regin during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Contestans will arrive on Friday by 6:00 pm. Intervewis will be held in the old administration building 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 2
2:00 pm


Vocal Trash

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
4:30 pm, 8:00 pm



Judd Hoos

Beer Garden

Hoos is an American Rock Band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Breate In was released just over a year ago and charted number 23 on the iTunes new rock charts. Since then the band has spent the past year finishing the full length album, Music In The Dark that is set to be released June 2, 2017.

The constantly touring band resorted to their own creativity when it came to writing and recording while on he road. From recording drums tracks in an abandoned grain elevator to constructing a vocal booth out of hotel room mattresses, there was no idea too unconventional to halt this project. The album boasts an acoustic driven American Rock sound with an electric mix of influences, echoing their ties to their midwest homes. With rough-hewn vocals, intricate guitar qork and the heartfelt songwriting, the album is a representation of the life of these young road dogs lead: Tyler Bills (vocals), Devin Bills (keyboard, guitar, mandolin), Andy Young (guitar), Shane Funk (drums), and Chris Hornick (bass).


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
10:00 pm



The Jade Monkey Band

Midway Roadhouse

Formed in January of 2011, the Jade Monkey Band has combined an intersting mix of seasones country, rock, jazz, and pop performers setting on a mianly 80's pop, classic rock, and alternative platform. The band travels almost every single weekend of the year performing all over South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Former members of Red Edge, The Jokers, Midnite Highway, Jimmy on the Rocks, Stomp Box, KAOS, and Go Figure. The band also performs its own original music from Jimmy Lee Isburg's 3rd and 4th CD;s available on iTunes and CDBaby.


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Schedule

Saturday, Sep 2
10:00 pm



Redhead Express

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Have you ever longed for the sound of music that is real, honest - that speaks to your soul? Without the glitz and glamour - just raw beauty with exquisite harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and melodies that take you away. Spend an evening in concert with the Redhead Express and you will be captivated by their sound, their realness, their passion, ann most importantly, their heart. The 4 sister group left Alaska in 2007 and has performed over 3,000 shows. The music of Redhead Express takes you back to your roots in a way that feels fresh and new.

Redhead Express has opened for the likes of Sammy Kershaw, Parmalee, Clay Walker, Chris Young, Chris Lane, Bea Miller, Jerrod Niemann, Trace Adkins, Frankie Ballard, and Little Texas. Look up Redhead Express on YouTube and enjoy many captivating music videos that are taking YouTube by storm! The Redheads signed with Nashville Record Label, SSM Nashville, Spring of 2017. Get ready, Country Music Radio, there's a fresh, new sound coming!


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
11:00 am, 8:00 pm


Community Worship and Praise Service

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
11:00 am



Zuzu Acrobats

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
12:30 pm, 3:30 pm



Mike Walker and Friends

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

"Mike Walker & Friends" proves that there's nothing more entertaining than a gifted impressionist! As incredibly talented mimic, Walker brings his repertoire of more than fifty celebrities to one stage. He also expertly performs his own music in this incredibly entertianing show. Watch him channel a variety of singers, including Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Justin Bieber, Journey, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, and Elvis Presley. He's shared the stage with huge acts like Toby Keith, Lonestar, Keith Urban, The Coasters, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Mickey Gilley and more, helping him develop skills as an impersonator. Close your eyes and get lost as one famous singer after another takes over Mike's voice!

If you enjoy songs from a variety of singers, don't miss "Mike Walker & Friends," you'll get all your favorite artists in one sensational performance!



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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
2:00 pm, 4:30 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.



Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
2:00 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame Annual Award Ceremony

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

2016 inductees are: Francie J Ganje, Eugene W Noonan, Kathy Koenig, Bobby Humphrey, Joyce Ruesink, Donnie Backman, Frank "Buddy" Ree, Eugene "Whitey" Boettcher, Mike Nepodal, Matt Nepodal, Liz Fisher

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 - Howie Gamber
CD of the Year Award Winner - Kim & Harland 'Aces & Eights' 
Supporter of the Year - Bev & Lloyd Schafer

Inductees are nominated by their peers, friends, and 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 around the entire state.

The Board of Directors for the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame include:  Sara Sandwick, Emily Danielson, and Chair Wini Iverson.  Assistants are Sandi Vander Wal and Ellen Robertson along with many other volunteers who help with events and preparations.

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 the organizations way of supporting South Dakota.  It is also important to recognize the venues that have hosted our events, without them, none of this would be possible.

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame also helps support music programs for elementary schools in the state of South Dakota.  Support has been given in the past to elementary school music programs. 

For details visit us on the web at http://southdakotacountrymusichalloffame.org/ or contact the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame at 605-310-2441 or email us at: sdcmhof@southdakotacountrymusichalloffame.org

 

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
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 Hied 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, Frankfort, and Amsterdam. The band has become the "must have act" at clubs, fairs and festivals across the Midwest and is bringing the first new original single "How Long" from their up and coming album with them. "How Long" is available now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and other popular online retailers.


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
10:00 pm



Greg Hanson & the Backroads

Midway Roadhouse

Greg Hanspn & the Backroads have shared the stage with Tracy Lawrence, Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Milsap, Blake Shelton, Steve Holy and more. They have entertained crowds as small as 100 and as large as 8,000. Greg even sang to a crowd of 60,000 pls when he performed the National Anthem at a Minnesota Vikings game. Greg Hanson & the /backroads always put on a memorable show and the crowd always has a great time.

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 3
10:00 pm



Those Funny Little People

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

An entertainment act like nothing you’ve ever seen, Those Funny Little People are mobile puppet characters with polished performances that are a mix of comedy, music, dance and audience interaction. With their expressive, animated faces and intricate choreography, the Little People put on shows that have amazed and entertained audiences of all ages.

Schedule

Monday, Sep 4
TIME TBD



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 27th 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, call Sonje Oban, the State Youth Talent Contest Coordinator at 605-397-8333 or sdafc@southdakotafairs.com.

Schedule

Monday, Sep 4
1:00 pm