Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
South Dakota Farm and Ranch Recognition Program
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/
Thursday, Aug 3010:00 am
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!
Thursday, Aug 3010:00 am
Friday, Aug 3112:00 pm
Family Wealth Transfer Seminar presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services
- 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
Thursday, Aug 3012:30 pm
Friday, Aug 313:30 pm
Self Funding Farm/Ranch Concepts Seminar presented by Farm Bureau Financial ServicesNew operating loan funding concepts.
Thursday, Aug 302:00 pm
Retire at Zero presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services
- Reduce or even eliminate your tax obligation during retirement
Thursday, Aug 303:30 pm
Friday, Aug 312:00 pm
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."
Friday, Aug 319:30 am
Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant
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
Connect with Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant:
Saturday, Sep 12:00 pm
SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents 2018 CD of the Year winner Kim Plender
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!
Saturday, Sep 16:00 pm
SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents 2018 Neil and Jenni Bagaus members of South Dakota's own "Suns of the West"
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!
Saturday, Sep 16:45 pm
Community Worship and Praise Service
Sunday, Sep 211:00 am
SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship
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.
Connect with SD Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Championship:
Sunday, Sep 22:00 pm
SD Country Music Hall of Fame Annual Award Ceremony
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: email@example.com
Sunday, Sep 26:00 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
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