NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Susan Irons, Keynote Speaker
Salute to Veterans
Join us as we salute our Veterans at the SD State Fair.
Special Music: Raptor, commercial music ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band
Keynote Speaker: Susan Irons, Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties
Biography: Susan Irons, Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties graduated from Canton High School in 1985 and received her commission as a United States Army Signal Corps Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1989. Her first duty assignment was with the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC. From there, she deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm while serving as the Communications Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer and earned the Bronze Star. After Desert Storm, Susan served as a platoon leader in the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne). While at Fort Bragg, Susan became a US Army Jumpmaster and earned her Senior Parachutist Badge. Upon completion of the Signal Office Advance Course, Susan was assigned to Kitzingen, Germany with the 123rd Signal Battalion, Third Infantry Division. While there, she served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Adjutant and the B Company Commander. Upon completion of her tour in Germany, Susan returned to Canton. She and her husband, Keith, have five children.
Thursday, Aug 3010:30 am
Zac Tenneboe, aka Zstonish, is a professional magician from Sioux Falls, SD. As a second-generation magician, Zac grew up in the entertainment industry. When he was four years old his father brought him on stage to assist with a magic trick. Flash forward to the present, performing is Zac's full-time passion. He has traveled all across the country performing for fairs, colleges, corporate events and high schools. Zac has been featured on ABC, NBC, Omaha Morning Blend, 605 Magazine and many other news outlets across the Midwest. He is beyond excited to bring his Kids Comedy Magic Show & his Magic/Mentalism show to the Freedom Stage. This year you truly will be able to experience the magic at the South Dakota State Fair!
Thursday, Aug 3012:00 pm, 3:30 pm
Friday, Aug 3112:00 pm, 3:00 pm
RaptorRaptor, the commercial music ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Raptor performs high energy music from a variety of genres and their dynamic stage presence enables them to tell the Air Force story to audiences of all ages.
Through the popular music of today to rock ‘n’ roll classics to patriotic favorites, Raptor showcases the Air Force’s excellence, precision, and innovation in every performance. They are committed to inspiring our American public and honoring our nation’s veterans through the incredible power of music. In addition to enhancing community relations and supporting the recruiting mission of the United States Air Force, Raptor also deploys to support our service members and collaborate with U.S. Embassies to share American culture and build lasting international partnerships. No matter the venue, these talented Airmen musicians proudly represent the more than 660,000 Air Force professionals around the world who relentlessly protect and defend the freedoms we cherish.
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Thursday, Aug 301:30 pm, 7:00 pm
The WildflowersThe 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 grandchildren 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 of 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 305:00 pm
Friday, Aug 314:30 pm
Goddesses of Rock
Imagine attending a concert where the marquee reads NOW PLAYING: HEART, MADONNA, PAT BENATAR, JOAN JETT, JANIS JOPLIN, LADY GAGA, ETC............. What an event that would be! Now that can happen for everyone!
We have combined three dynamic female vocalists along with one of the premiere bands in the United States to form GODDESSES OF ROCK. Now, you have a chance to see and hear your favorite rock goddesses of the past 50 years.
Watch as each vocalist transforms into one of your favorite artists and performs their hits that have turned them into true goddesses of rock. This is a must see show for everyone from 8 to 80 years old.
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Friday, Aug 311:15 pm, 7:30 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
Friday, Aug 316:00 pm
Saturday, Sep 16:00 pm
Sunday, Sep 26:00 pm
Monday, Sep 35:00 pm
Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards and Rural Dakota Pride AwardsHosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Sep 110:30 am
The Jersey Girls are now, as venue owners often like to say - "raising the roof" every weekend in the Chicago-land area and all around the Midwest. With their harmonies, choreographies, eye-catching costumes, and high energy performance they easily become the heart of every celebration. Expect to see them on the stage, on the dance-floor, by the bar, or even at your table! They are best known for their energetic interactive performances where guests often feel as if they are part of the show.
Whether they sing in front of ten, one hundred, or one thousand people, the Jersey Girls bring their full energy and vocal capacity to EVERY show and put a smile on EVERYONE’s face in the audience!
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Saturday, Sep 111:45 am, 7:30 pm
Team up for Safety Quiz BowlHosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Sep 12:00 pm
Williams and Ree
Williams and Ree, the self-professed “Indian and White Guy,” have been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique and irreverent comedy/musical style for over three decades. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree have established themselves as proven headliners at fairs, festivals, arenas, and casino venues. They continuously refresh and reinvent themselves show after show by incorporating topical and observational humor “dripped from the headlines.” Williams and Ree have the added “wow” factor of being terrifically talented musicians and singers as well. Numerous television, radio, and commercial appearances have cemented their relationship with their fan base, promoters, and marketing directors. The sheer longevity of this dynamic duo has allowed them to attain legendary status and point up the fact that they are truly America’s favorite comedy team!
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Saturday, Sep 14:00 pm
We are Due North. Hailing from the Twin Cities area, Due North is one of the Midwest’s newest a cappella ensembles. The group was founded in April 2017 and is busy at work to represent the great state they all call home. The name was inspired from Minnesota’s formally adopted French motto "L'Etoile du Nord" meaning “Star of the North”. Likewise, each member of the vocal band has had an eclectic musical journey thus far; yet similar to the gravitational pull of a compass they have always been guided back to their love for A Cappella.
Due North hopes to leave its own footprint on the genre while bringing a family fun atmosphere to each and every performance. The group performs all over the Midwest and in March 2018 the group was crowned the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Regional Champions and voted Audience Favorite.
From the inter-webs, to the city streets, to the stage, Due North will bring a refreshing taste to the music you know and love, while adding new songs to file away in your personal playlist. With a fresh outlook, immense passion, and a vibrant energy – there is only one direction to go – Due North.
Sunday, Sep 211:00 am, 4:30 pm
From the downbeat of their first song, you’ll realize this is unlike any country band you’ve ever heard before. Their sound is a unique blending of big vocals and big guitars, with a healthy dose of fiddle, and mandolin mixed in for good measure. The songs and production are of such a high-caliber, it’s hard to believe this project is self-produced. With its distinctive sound and hook laden tunes, you will be driven to listen again and again.
Although Cash Creek is a relatively new band, its members have enjoyed long histories and friendships together, some going as far back as the fifth grade! Each has carved out their own niche in the music industry as entertainers, road and session musicians, producers, and songwriters. When they formed what is now the band, they knew they wanted to create a sound that would reflect a common vision, and maintain a cohesiveness that would be instantly recognizable, regardless of the song. Well, one can safely say, mission accomplished!
The members of Cash Creek are seasoned professionals with experience at the highest levels. The list of artists they’ve worked with reads like a “who’s who” in Country Music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams, Jr., John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Pam Tillis, David Lee Murphy and many more. Needless to say, they know how to play in the big leagues.
Witnessing a Cash Creek show is a pure pleasure. Writers and critics use phrases like “high energy”, “strong stage presence” and “charisma”, which Cash Creek has in truckloads, but it’s their ability to make it look so easy and seem to truly enjoy what they’re doing is really what is so engaging and entertaining about this band.
Geographically, Cash Creek runs “all over the map”, with its members hailing from Tennessee, California, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Musically, they come from a place where, razor-sharp musicianship, seamless harmonies, and top-drawer songs flow into years of experience and a true passion for what they do. It’s a place called Cash Creek!
Sunday, Sep 212:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Congressional Debate hosted by KSFY
With two months to go before the general election, meet the candidates who want to be South Dakota’s next member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Confirmed participants are Tim Bjorkman (D), Dusty Johnson (R) and Ron Wieczorek (I) and George Hendrickson (L).
The debate will be moderated by KSFY’s Brian Allen.
Sunday, Sep 22:00 pm - 3:30 pm
This year the South Dakota State Fair will be hosting the first annual “Mane Attraction” on Monday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 pm at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage. Registration is at 1 pm. Do you think that you have the longest or maybe even the wackiest hair at the State Fair? Come out and put it to the test! There will be one competition for the longest ponytail and one for the wackiest hair! There are two divisions in each contest; ages 12 and under and ages 13 and above. The Mane Attraction is all part of the Fairytales and Fantasies day on Mon. Sept. 3.
Monday, Sep 31:30 am
Test your baby’s speed in the second annual Diaper Derby at the SD State Fair! Babies will crawl from one side to the other, and the lucky three who do it the fastest will receive a state-of-the-art Diaper Derby trophy! All babies participating must be under 15 months of age.
Registration will be at 9:00 AM
Monday, Sep 39:30 am
“The Misadventures of Cap'n Arrr!” is an interactive comedy performance that will have kids (and grown-ups) rolling on the floor! Cap'n Arrr's program is packed full of audience participation and includes basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate too!
The master of mime Marcel Marceau took note of Cap’n Arrr’s raw talent and invited him to his school in Paris. Not only did he learn to be a Master of Pantomime & Physical Comedy, but how to feel and interact with each audience member be they young, senior or professional, characterizing the Captain’s gift as an endearing and universal performer.
Cap’n Arrr’s performance is brimming with comedy as he battles with sea creatures, selects his first mate from the audience, and juggles oversized canon balls (giant black balloons filled with water). Navigating his ship and dropping anchor at your fair, his show will steal the hearts of young and old, leaving nothing but smiles.
Monday, Sep 311:00 am, 2:30 pm
Kid and Nic
A fun, high energy, interactive, musical group since 1997!
When Nicole (Nic) and Kirk (Kid) Tracy met, they had no idea that their partnership would soon include leading a band together. Nicole was a busy actor who performed Shakespeare, Neil Simon, various musicals, and played a character on the television series Beverly Hills 90210. Kirk was a working saxophonist who played live with The Shirelles, The Ink Spots, Dave Wakeling (The English Beat and General Public), and recorded the Epic Records debut release of the ska group Save Ferris. Although, once they met everything changed. A fun, high energy, interactive show was born that features a cool blend of a wide variety of different music. Since the formation of this husband and wife led five piece band in 1997, The Kid and Nic Show has performed regularly from the House of Blues stages in Hollywood and Anaheim to clubs, casinos, theaters, festivals and special events across the country. Past tours have taken the show to over 16 states. The Kid and Nic Show has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Food Networks "Bobby Flay's Food Nation", as well as morning news shows in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nevada and Arizona. Their story has also been told in periodicals across the nation. Songs from Kid and Nic's last release Where You Are There You Is are enjoying regular rotation on radio stations across the nation and around the world! Kid and Nic take their audiences on a trip across the landscape of American music and comedy for a show that provides a lot of laughs, great danceable music and a genuine feeling of joy!