AUG 30 - SEP 3, 2018

HURON, SD

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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



Salute to Veterans

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

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

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 30
10:30 am



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


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



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!

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

 

2017 Results

Adult Category

1st place & Dakota Star title winner: Dayna Jones, Emery, SD

2nd place: Heather Andrie, Brookings, SD

 

Junior Category – Ages 12-17

1st place: Alexis Urena – Huron

2nd place: Madalina Cretu (foreign exchange student that lives with Ashley Hiles in Wolsey)

3rd place: Saraya Bronson, Wilmot, SD

 

Child Category – up to 11 years of age

1st place: Katelyn Ahlers, Mitchell, SD

2nd place: Ciara Blake, Mitchell, SD

3rd place: Taylor Mischke, Hayti, SD


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 31
TIME TBD

Saturday, Sep 1
TIME TBD

Sunday, Sep 2
TIME TBD

Monday, Sep 3
5:00 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
TIME TBD



Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Hosted by SD Farmers Union

Schedule

Saturday, Sep 1
TIME TBD



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



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



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



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 2nd. The 2018 inductees will be presented their awards on the Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage by Gate 3 starting at 6 pm.

2017 inductees were: Myron "Mike" Donker, Tim Woodard, John P Hauck, Vince & Janice Ries (the Crystals), Johanna DeGroot, Ted Woodard, Darlene & Lynn Hopper, and Gordy Pratt.

Del Woodard earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Co-CD of the Year Award Winners - Edean Landmark "Dusty Old Guitar" (all original) & Elaine & Paul Peacock "Happiness Health & Heaven" (Dennis Morgan Hit Songs)

And a new category - 2017 Gospel CD of the Year - Mr. Bill Chrastil - "Elvis Gospel II"

Dennis Hanson & the famous "Carlock Dancehall" was selected as "Promoter of the Year." The promoter of the year is selected based on activities promoting country music bands, supporting benefits for various events, and community involvement.

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 all the entire great state of South Dakota. There are no age restrictions except for the Lifetime achievement 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 countributions for the Hall of Fame is to help provide musical supplies for the beginners at the lower 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. So 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 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.

Please keep up with us on FB - South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame or 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 2
6:00 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 28th 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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