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AUG 30 - SEP 3, 2018


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Midway Roadhouse

The Midway Roadhouse is the fair’s newest entertainment venue.   By day, the Midway Roadhouse serves as an area for fairgoers to sit down and enjoy the fair, whether it’s the company, fair food or entertainment. During the day fairgoers can enjoy everything from acoustic musicians to jugglers. By night, it transforms into an outdoor concert area, providing a fun beer garden atmosphere, with bands performing Friday-Sunday.

The Wildflowers

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

Nick Sharp

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

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

Sunday, Sep 2
1:30 pm

SD State Fair Karaoke Rendezvous

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



Thursday, Aug 30
5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 31
5:00 pm

Saturday, Sep 1
5:00 pm

Deach Koch

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.


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

Jason Earl

   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 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!!


Friday, Aug 31
10:00 pm


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. 


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

Arm Wrestling Competition

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


Saturday, Sep 1
1:00 pm

Avenger Joe w/ On The Run

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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Saturday, Sep 1
10:00 pm

Dayna Jones

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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Sunday, Sep 2
12:00 pm

Weston Frank Band

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...


Sunday, Sep 2
3:00 pm

Black Water Band

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.


Sunday, Sep 2
10:00 pm

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