NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Salute to Veterans
Join us as we salute our Veterans at the SD State Fair.
Keynote Speaker: Larry Zimmerman, SD Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary
Thursday, Aug 3110:30 am
Comedy Science Show
With a whimsical blend of Science, Magic, Hairspray, and Laugh-YourHead-Off Audience Participation, Mad Mike takes learning to a new level! In his fast-paced and highly visual demonstrations, Mad Mike reveals some of the basic mysteries of magic and the science behind many of the illusions we often see on teleision.
Thursday, Aug 3112:00 pm, 3:30 pm
Friday, Sep 112:00 pm
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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Thursday, Aug 312:00 pm, 5:00 pm
On the Run w/ Kaila Dakota, 2016 Dakota Star
"On The Run" is a Nashville based duo consisting of two solo artists; Kaila Dakota and Bryan Michael who joined forces back in 2016.
South Dakota Native, Kaila Dakota, has performed on some of the region's lasrgest street dances throughout the Midwest. Performing with some of South Dakota's best bands such as "Avernger Joe" and "Eclipse." In 2014 she made an appearance on Season XIII of American Idol, making it to the group rounds in Hollywood. She has opened up for some of the biggest names including Gary Allen, Love N Left, Gwen Sebastian, David Nail, Blake Shelton and Jake Owen. Kaila won the 2016 Dakota Star title and the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.
Bryan Michael, a California Native, performed at legendary venues like The Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hallywood and even featured on the major summer festival, The Vans Warped Tour. He was selected as a finalst on a national song writing competition with his song "Need You Tonight."
Their free spirited and adventerous personalities brought them together and their music reflects that. They write music that is real and personal to them and have a modern country sound that can be related to groups like Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum to name a couple. "On The Run" just released their first single "Sycamore Tree" on Memorial Day 2017. They're working on an EP to be released on 2018.
Thursday, Aug 317:30 pm
SMG Records Nashville recording artist Crossroad Station have been developing their brand of against the grain, boot to the mouth, country music fans since 2010. These Ohio boys have blended many deep rooted country, rock, and blues influences to craft their own unique quitar driven sound that can instantly be recognized. Their new album "Our Neck of the Woods" is available now, and like the album, their live shows are full of emotion, energy, stories and gratitude.
The five piece band plays 150+ shows a year and has shared the stage with: Tracy Lawrence, Colt Ford, Little Texas, Aaron Tippin, Marty Stuart, Kentucky Headhunters, Bo Bice, Chris Cagle, and many others!
This band's second single, "All-American Beer Team" has been added to Coutry Radio stations across the United States in addition to a brand new accompanying music video!
Their debut EP,"Righteous & Rowdy" has recieved thousands of plays and is still going strong with daily requests for "Sweet Whiskey" in Ohio and Tennessee Radio Markets.
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Friday, Sep 111:00 am, 4:30 pm
Ethanol: The American Fuel Panel
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Friday, Sep 11:30 pm
Dreamweaver Comedy Hypnosis Show
Friday, Sep 13:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Dakota Star presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
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
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
Friday, Sep 16:00 pm
Saturday, Sep 26:00 pm
Sunday, Sep 36:00 pm
Monday, Sep 45:00 pm
Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards and Rural Dakota Pride Awards
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Sep 210:30 am
Farm Bill Panel featuring Senator Thune, Senator Rounds, and Representative Noem
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Sep 21:00 pm
Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Sep 22:00 pm
Best Described as, "Glee Meets Stomp," this green minded ensemble asks you to recycle your imagination as Vocal Trash redefines the meaning of high impact entertainment. Led by producer/creator, Steve Linder, and producer/child star, Kelsey Rae (Broadway's Annie) these singing drummers, musicians, and award winning break-dancers captivate audiences of all ages with a meaningful lasting expereince. Vocal Trash tours globally on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. "Exhilarating
- 'Inspiring." This is Vocal Trash.
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Saturday, Sep 24:30 pm, 8:00 pm
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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Sunday, Sep 311:00 am, 8:00 pm
Zuzu African Acrobats
ZuZu's high energy show has been said to be one of the best live, acrobatic shows in the world! Witness spectacular choreographed routines involving fast pyramid building, limbo, contortion, bottle balancing, chair stacks and hand balancing.
Sunday, Sep 312:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Mike Walker and Friends
"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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Sunday, Sep 32:00 pm, 4:30 pm
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Monday, Sep 410:00 am
Those Funny Little People
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.
Monday, Sep 412:00 pm, 2:30 pm
Seeing Double: Parent/Child Look Alike Contest
For more information, click here.
Monday, Sep 41:00 pm
The Wildflowers (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 Wilmar, Minnesota. Ashli graduated from Huron High School in 2007. She has two children, Ahmara and Ahnalyn. She is marries to Kevin Hurley of Wilmar. She has been singing competitively since high school and performing at the South Dakota State Fair with the Wildflowers for over 6 years. The youngest daughter is Elizabeth Ryland of Huron. Eilzabeth has been singing competitively and at many benefits in the community for over 6 years. Her first time on the stage was at the age of 14 right here at the South Dakota State Fair performing in the Dakota Star, as well has performing here at the State Fair with the Wild Flowers each year since! They 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. They do a wide variety of music so each day is different and new!