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AUG 29 - SEP 2, 2019

HURON, SD

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Free Entertainment



Noah's Way Exotic Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

Grounds/Strolling

Located in the MIP Building

See 40 animals of various species!

Pony rides are $5/ride.

Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 28
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, Aug 29
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Monday, Sep 2
9:00 am - 6:00 pm



Stardust Circus

Grounds/Strolling
Find Stardust Circus on the NW Side of Carnival Mat. 
Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 28
8:30 pm

Thursday, Aug 29
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Friday, Aug 30
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Monday, Sep 2
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm



Weston Frank Band

Beer Garden

Comprised of nothing but long-time real country music fans, Weston has hand picked the band that is not only one of the best country groups 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! Dance the night away, or just have a few drinks and sway to the music! 

Sorry, no FGL or Luke Bryan..... we're actually not sorry about that...


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Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 28
10:00 pm



Animal Cracker Conspiracy Stilt Walkers

Grounds/Strolling

Watch for the stilt characters daily around the fair!

Ancient art forms brought to life, timeless and otherworldly; Animal Cracker Conspiracy’s Stilt Characters leave beautiful and joyful impressions in the minds of their audience.

Animal Cracker Conspiracy (ACC) was founded by Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn who joined forces to bring their love of puppetry and performance to audiences of all ages in 2006 and have now been wowing audiences for over a decade. Their shared interest and investigation of where fine art, puppetry, performance art, physical theater, and mixed media intersect is a continued source of inspiration for their work. They are known for their ability to collaborate as well as the quality of performers they work with. People will be talking about their charming and audacious characters for years to come.


Connect with Animal Cracker Conspiracy Stilt Walkers:
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
ALL DAY

Friday, Aug 30
ALL DAY

Saturday, Aug 31
ALL DAY

Sunday, Sep 1
ALL DAY

Monday, Sep 2
ALL DAY


SDGS Genie Breaks

Guest Artists/Authors

SDGS GENIE BREAKS 2019

Thursday, August 29
10 a. m. “Can’t Find Great Grandpa? Unique Sources for Genealogical Research”
Virginia Hanson, SD State Archives, Pierre SD
2 p. m. “Finding Your Ancestors Online with Fold3“
David Bradford, South Dakota State Library

Friday, August 30
10 a. m.
“Occupations/Professions can help you find your Ancestors”
Phyllis Knutson, Sioux Falls, SD
2 p. m. “Using the Internet for Beginning Genealogy”
Suzanne Folk, Sioux Falls

Saturday, August 31
10 a. m. “What is it and how to use the ‘Family History Guide”
Anita Reeves, Sioux Falls, SD
2:00 p. m. “Discovering the Power of Family Search”   
Anita Reeves, Sioux Falls, SD

No Genie Breaks on Sunday

Monday, September 2

10 a. m. “From the Salt Mines to the Grindstone, Finding Your Ancestor’s Occupation” 
Virginia Hanson, SD State Archives, Pierre SD
No Genie Break Monday afternoon.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
ALL DAY

Friday, Aug 30
ALL DAY

Saturday, Aug 31
ALL DAY

Sunday, Feb 2
ALL DAY



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 29
10:00 am



Delta Dental Coloring Contest

Guest Artists/Authors
Awards well be presented Friday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Richard Skorupski, featured Author

Guest Artists/Authors

After a 21-year career in the Navy, Richard returned home to his native state of New Jersey.  He followed his passion for the open waters and started a second career in the marine parts business. The dense population of New Jersey and its high cost of living encouraged Richard and his wife, Cheryl, to find a peaceful, friendly environment for his second retirement. Richard and Cheryl, now happily reside in Spink County, South Dakota. Richard's love for South Dakota and appreciation its people are portrayed through his third career as author of his six books centering around the fictional town of Helen, South Dakota All his novels and stories tell the story of middle America and the rural lifestyle.

Richard’s current books are:
Tom And Sarah – The Beginning
Flyover County
The Fred Weber Story
The Frank Stanbauer Story
Whiteout! And Other Stories
Justin And Natalie
You can find these books on Amazon.com


Connect with Richard Skorupski, featured Author:
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Salute to Veterans

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

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

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:30 am



Bengal Tiger Encounter

Grounds/Strolling
Located north of AARP Centennial Stage
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Monday, Sep 2
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm



Bob Glanzer, featured Author

Guest Artists/Authors

 “You Can’t Unring a Bell”

This book is a collection of stories that have been written over the past 8 years and published in a regional magazine, PRAIRIE TRACKS. These stories are personal reflections of life growing up on a farm in the 50’s and 60’s; some high school and college experiences; the loves of my life; some adventurous “near misses”; and other events and histories that are of interest to me.  The narratives, in a way, became an autobiography of my life, but more importantly the articles have sparked recollections and feedback from many readers that prove everyone has a story to tell. Glanzer grew up on a farm in northeast Beadle County, and attended a rural grade school.  After graduating from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, he taught Business Education at Wessington Springs, SD, high school.  Later Bob served as manager of the South Dakota State Fair and then worked for 33 years as an Agricultural Loan Officer in the Huron, SD region.  Bob is now retired and is serving his second term representing District 22 in the SD House of Representatives. Bob is married to his wife, Penny.  They recently celebrated their 51st anniversary.  Their son, Tom and his wife live and work in the Huron area and their daughter, Sally, and her husband, Brad, live in Hesston, KS.  Bob and Penny have 5 grandchildren.   

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:30 am, 2:30 pm

Friday, Aug 30
10:30 am, 2:30 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
10:30 am, 2:30 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
10:30 am, 2:30 pm

Monday, Sep 2
10:30 am, 2:30 pm



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 29
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sep 2
11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:45 pm



Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Take a dash of science, a blob of humor, throw in a hillbilly, and what do you get? You get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular!  Witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD as he puts a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using his high level of intellect and scientific training skills, watch as this back-woods boy demonstrates his entries for the next upcoming science fair at his local elementary school (he's determined not to get beaten by the 3rd graders again)! Audiences  will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!” 


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Friday, Aug 30
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm



Mogen's Heroes

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Stage

"Mogen's Heroes" business card says, "having fun making music." What you see is what you hear. Three grown men acting like kids, singing and playing songs we have grown up with. John Mogen, a Waubay native, started "Mogen's Heroes" in 1978. He plays keyboards, harmonica, and sings. Dennis Gale started playing guitar during his high school days in Wagner. Drummer Bill Hoffman is a Rockham (near Redfield) rocker. "Mogen's Heroes" music can take your mind back to your childhood days. Variety is the keyword to the style of music you'll hear from these three fun-makers. Three-part harmonies dominate every song. 


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm



The Wild Flowers

Midway Roadhouse
The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fairgoers each year, performing a wide variety of music so each day is different and new! They sing everything from Country to Christian!
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Monday, Sep 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm



Changing Hands - A Farm Bureau Financial Services Seminar

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Whether your farm or ranch has been in the family for decades or you’re a first generation farmer or rancher, it’s never too early to start planning for what’s next.  Our changing hands succession planning seminar will help you map a strategy to continue your legacy for generations to come.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Friday, Aug 30
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm



Cambria String Band

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

This five-piece cover band features high-energy pop and contemporary country music in an Americana style. They also perform bluegrass, gospel and fiddle tunes. From beautiful love songs to popular hard-driving rhythms, this band offers something for everyone.

The band includes Larry Rotezel on banjo, Katie Lautinschlager on violin, Becky Vogt on bass, Dusty Whiteside on mandolin, and Chris Johnson on guitar.  


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm



Nick Sharpe

Midway Roadhouse

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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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
1:30 pm, 4:00 pm

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

Sunday, Sep 1
1:30 pm



Your Money Your Retirement - A Farm Bureau Financial Services Seminar

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

As you prepare for retirement, how can you be confident that you’ll have the financial resources you need? Finding the right solutions can be daunting, but with our new Your Money. Your Retirement. seminar, we can help identify and answer many of the questions you have.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



T.C. Hatter & Marcianne

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

T.C. Hatter & Marcianne perform a hilarious stage show featuring silent clowning, juggling, some magic, and a live musical accomplishment. The entire audience participates as assistants and living props.


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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm, 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm



The Wild Flowers

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fairgoers each year, performing a wide variety of music so each day is different and new! They sing everything from Country to Christian!
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Friday, Aug 30
11:45 am - 12:15 pm


SD State Fair Karaoke Rendezvous

Midway Roadhouse

The State Fair is partnering up with Rem Dog Song Entertainment to bring the karaoke contest back to the fair. Two qualifying competitions will be held at the State Fair on Thursday, August 29 and  Friday, August 30. 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, August 31.

The winner takes home $500, 2nd place finalist receives $300, and the 3rd place finalist takes home $200.

Competition begins at 5 pm nightly.

Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
5:00 pm

Friday, Aug 30
5:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
5:00 pm



On the Run featuring Kaila Dakota

Midway Roadhouse

Kaila Dakota, the singer and performer from South Dakota and previous American Idol contestant joins Bryan Michael, the California-based songwriter and producer to make Nashville based duo, On The Run.

Kaila comes from a small town, but has a BIG voice! As well as making it to Hollywood for the Emmy nominated competition show, American Idol, she has won numerous singing competitions including Dakota Star, the WE Fest karaoke contest (in front of over 50,000 people) and a regional finalist for the National Colgate Country showdown. She has shared the stage with artists such as Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, David Nail, Gary Allen and more! 

Bryan wrote and performed in bands that played all over California as well as the Vans Warped Tour. He moved to Nashville in 2014 to focus on writing and has since collaborated with numerous songwriters with hits by Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Gwen Sebastian and more! 

In 2016 they joined to create On The Run, releasing their first single, "Sycamore Tree" which has been featured on radio as well as an acoustic E.P. They have been touring the US as well as playing in Nashville, catching the attention of crowds everywhere.

They have been nominated in the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards hosted by iHeart Radio for Kaila's voice as Female Singer of the Year.


Connect with On the Run featuring Kaila Dakota:
Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



The Dweebs

Beer Garden

The Dweebs' experience 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 performance 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 experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the 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, mock rock icons, confetti, 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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Schedule

Thursday, Aug 29
10:00 pm



Ruth Manson, featured Artist

Guest Artists/Authors

Did you know that the value density of change is highest with dimes?  That means you’ll end up with the most money if you fill your jar with dimes!  Ruth Manson knows this and to make it easier to save those dimes, she etches and decorates “Dime Jars.”  Her favorite jar is one with an opening that only fits dimes although she also sells change jars along with other etched glassware including mama or papa bear mugs and specialty serving ware.

Raised in South Dakota, Ruth lived in Brookings and Mitchell before moving to Huron two years ago.  Ruth also enjoys quilting with friends and antiquing with her husband, Paul, as they look for dime jars and Coleman lanterns. Ruth works at Avera Queen of Peace hospital in Mitchell as its Volunteer Coordinator, driving back and forth from Huron. During her commute, she listens to books on CD while hoping one of her grown children will call.

Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


China Painting Group Demonstrations

Guest Artists/Authors
Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Phil Baker: Sensory Friendly Music Show for All Ages

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Phil Baker’s sensory-friendly music performance welcomes audience members who experience issues related to autism, verbal expression, overstimulation or short attention spans.  Sound levels are moderate.  Room to get up and move around.  Behavior issues and various reactions are welcome.  For people with or without social and cognitive disabilities.  


Connect with Phil Baker: Sensory Friendly Music Show for All Ages:
Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Saturday, Aug 31
10:00 am



Deach Koch

Midway Roadhouse

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.


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Schedule

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



Phil Baker: Music for Kids

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

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!


Connect with Phil Baker: Music for Kids:
Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
11:30 am - 12:00 pm



Abbey Road

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

The Abbey Road Band consists of four guys who grew up loving the Beatles music. Back in the '60s, when the "Fab 4" first hit the scene, they were all playing Beatles songs in their own towns, in their own local rock groups. They all continued to love the music through the following years. Now the music of the Beatles is popular once again. They formed this band, so people could hear a live performance of the Beatles music.

The group came about when Monte Madison, the leader of "Abbey Road Band," had the idea of "hand picking" three other guys who were as crazy about the Beatles as he was. He wanted to form a group to perform the Beatles music as close to the original records as possible. Special attention was given to getting the harmonies just right. In March 2001, Monte found 3 guys who met his high standards.
And all the members agreed to do whatever it takes to do the songs correctly, investing whatever time and effort is needed. (They found that if they changed the instruments around, they could perform a wider range of the Beatles songs.)

In their "Tribute to the Beatles Show," they cover songs spanning the Beatles musical career. They currently perform more than 60 Beatles songs.


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



The Sound Exchange

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

The Sound Exchange is a five-member a cappella group based out of the Twin Cities of Minnesota. They bring dazzling harmonies, great stage presence, and wise-cracking audience interaction together in a whirlwind a cappella experience that is not to be missed! The diverse musical backgrounds of this internationally performing group vaulted them onto stages ranging from corporate events to state fairs, to benefit concerts, to school assemblies, to clubs, and to cruise ships. These stellar performers bring both their wealth of musical experience and their unique sense of humor to every single show and do it with a contagious joy that will have you laughing and clapping along! So, whether you love soulful ballads, blistering rock anthems, jazz standards or chart-topping singles, or you just love to laugh, The Sound Exchange has you covered.


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:45 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!

Competition is open to soloists, duos, or trios.  There are two age divisions, 1) 18 and up and 2) 12-17 years of age.

Entry Form and Rules


Sponsored By:
Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
6:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
6:00 pm

Monday, Sep 2
5:00 pm



Johnny Holm Band

Beer Garden

Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as "the pied piper" notices a lag. "Never a dull moment" was never a truer description.

Surrounding himself with the finest musicians in the Midwest, the band rocks, picks, and thunders along for 3-4 hours, almost non-stop from the first song to the last laugh.

Millions of people have seen Johnny over the years, and millions of people have been part of his factorage.

 The band plays in most of the United States but most dates are in the 5-state upper Midwest area.

 Ask anyone with a twinkle in their eye or a knowing smile about Johnny. They'll try and tell you all about the mayhem that masquerades as a rock and roll band.


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
10:00 pm



Brandon Jones Band

Midway Roadhouse

Brandon Jones is a fun, exciting entertainer with powerful vocals and a phenomenal group of musicians backing him. As a group they like to have fun bouncing around different genres of music, while still making everything seem a little country. Predominately a country/rock cover band with their own originals sprinkled in, they also love to shock you with some crazy covers you wouldn’t expect from a big bearded guy. Formerly called Brandon Jones and The Thirsty Fish, everything you loved about that group is continuing as Brandon Jones. Catch them at any of their upcoming shows!


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Schedule

Friday, Aug 30
10:00 pm


Allison Fisk, Prairie Whims - Canvas Painting Classes

Guest Artists/Authors
11:00 a.m. Canvas Painting Class (10 Participants)
1:30 p.m. Canvas Painting Class (10 Participants)
3:30 p.m. Canvas Painting Class (10 Participants)
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
ALL DAY



Shianne Dutson, featured Artist

Guest Artists/Authors

20-year-old, Shianne Dutson, attends South Dakota State University, majoring in Studio Art Education. In High School, she ran Cross country and was involved in Marching band, while taking art classes and participating in Art Club. She has been drawing since she was 13 years old and discovered charcoal (her preferred medium) a few years later. Her favorite piece ever drawn is “War Story.”

Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Usbourne Books Coloring Contest

Guest Artists/Authors
Usbourne Books Coloring Contest Awards will be presented at 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday.
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
10:00 am

Sunday, Sep 1
10:00 am



Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards and Rural Dakota Pride Awards

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
10:30 am



The Overtones

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Stage

The Overtones have sung in many locations across Minnesota and North Dakota, doing county fairs, church services, the Chester Fritz several times, as well as many other types of celebrations. They do a variety of music-- from The Stratland Brothers, Oakridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band, Statesmen, Country, Everly Brothers, Louis Armstrong, 50's & 60's music as well as some Barbershop and many old favorite songs that all enjoy. The group is made up of Keith Sandland, baritone, who is a building contractor and wood processor. Randy Holwell, lead, is a former owner of a concrete business. Neil Vagle, tenor, is a retired teacher. Dale Billberg, bass, is a semi-retired farmer, who hauls gravel, black dirt, and anything else that can be hauled. During performances, it’s easy to see that The Overtones enjoy singing together and many times the audience is invited to sing along on the familiar songs that all enjoy!


Connect with The Overtones:
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sep 2
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm



Trinity Hill

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Trinity Hill is an uplifting band who loves to spread positivity through their music.  This band was brought together by a happenstance and hopes to gain a loyal following singing and playing both secular and sacred music.  While having had success locally, this band is as much on the upswing as their music uplifts. 

The band includes special guest Tony Hulst of Black Water Band fame on drums.  The core of the band is made up of Will Smith on guitar, Jaime O’Neill on the piano and vocals, and is fronted by Sylvia Kattner.  Best of all these band members are all Huron residents.  Trinity Hill is on the rise, be one of the first people to say you saw them when … at the South Dakota State Fair!


Connect with Trinity Hill:
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
11:30 am - 12:30 pm



Matthew James

Midway Roadhouse
 It all started with a $50 pawnshop guitar.. Matthew James is a country music artist from small town Northern Minnesota.

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Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm



Future of Hemp in SD Panel hosted by SD Farmers Union

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Arm Wrestling Competition

Midway Roadhouse

Arm Wrestling Registration - 10 am - 12:30 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.

USAA rules will be followed.  USAA certified ref Jim Jensen will be the referee.

1st place in each division: $75
2nd place in each division: $50
3rd place in each division: $25



Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
1:00 pm



Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Hosted by SD Farmers Union
Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Pageant

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
Congratulations to the 2018 Miss SD State Fair Amber Hulse and Miss Outstanding Teen Anna Calhoon!

Amber's platform is Operation Overload: A Confidential College Briefing, where she helps youth through the college application process helping students meet their full potential and realize opportunities that are out there for further education and career planning. 

Anna's platform is Project Blue Light, which is an organization that keeps the memory of fallen officers alive. Her uncle, Chad Mechels, was a police officer that was killed in the line of duty, so this is near and dear to her heart.


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, Aug 31
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Killer Queen

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

What would Freddy Mercury have been like, if he really was a woman? Well, Killer Queen has that covered with Freddie's long lost twin sister Freda Mercury! She's come a long way to join a band of superb musicians to recreate the music of Queen! 

Along w/the exciting stage presence inherited from Freddie to Freda, Killer Queen executes the excitement & finesse of a classic Queen concert, ”Live Killers” album style, from the early days of the 70’s & 80’s!

Killer Queen has played to record attendance crowds, at numerous annual festivals, provoking standing ovations, and encore performances!


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Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame Presents Pegie Douglas, CD of the Year Award Winner

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

Pegie Douglas, SD Country Music Hall of Fame CD of the Year Award winner, will showcase some of the Badger Clark writings that she has put to music (Badger Clark will be inducted posthumously in 2019 as well). 

For her biography, Pegie writes, "My parents were from the prairie near Faith, South Dakota. They moved to North Carolina where I was raised. Now I live in SD full time.  I am a retired Special Education teacher.

I discovered Badger Clark, South Dakotaʼs first poet laureate and fell in love with his poetry. I created a musical/educational program: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BADGER CLARK. I founded the band, THE BADGER SETT BAND. We perform at  Custer State Park and around the Black Hills. We have 2 CDs: THE MUSIC OF BADGER CLARK, VOL. I & II. Iʼve composed music for 15 of his poems. I perform at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, libraries, and museums in SD, North Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming.

I am a scholar with the SD Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. I also perform bluegrass, country, and original music."


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Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
6:00 pm



SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents Suns of the West, 2019 Inductee

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage

 Suns of the West, 2019 SD Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, are celebrating 50 years of making music together.  Suns of the West performers are: Neil Bagaus, Jenni Blocker Bagaus, Terry Bagaus, Deanna Schulte Bagaus, Kim May, Marcie Bagaus May, Larry Berg, Edie Sandmeier and Terry Foster.

This six piece energetic group was formed in 1969 and are on tour celebrating 50 years of making music.  The 'Suns' are a South Dakota based group that has performed all across the Midwest.  Classic country music, mixed with humor and great vocals, are featured each time Suns of the West take the stage.

Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
6:45 pm

Sunday, Sep 1
6:45 pm



Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band

Beer Garden

Cowboys, Bikers, Good 'Ol Country folks, the party never stops with Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band! As a Nashville recording artist, Dustin Evans has recorded 4 studio albums including 'Good Ol Days To Come' which features great songs like "Here", "Home Away From Lonely", "Good Ol Days To Come", "Mama Was A Train", and many more! The Good Times Band is a very talented group of musicians. Tim Deats adds great musicianship on the keyboards, harmonica, and tequila bottle!



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Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
10:00 pm



Eclipse

Midway Roadhouse
Eclipse is a longtime working band, playing shows throughout the Midwest over the years. The band and crew bring live Rock & Roll and Country Rock Music with a party atmosphere everywhere they go. From bars and clubs to the largest street dances in the Midwest, Eclipse has shared the stage with such acts as Black Hawk, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Diamond Rio, Quiet Riot, Hall & Oates, Joan Jett, Loverboy, Little Texas, Sawyer Brown, Joe Nichols, Gwen Sebastian, and many more. Eclipse replaced Poison on the 2001 Grandstand at the South Dakota State Fair and was one of the headliners at the 2002, 2003, and 2005 Grandstand shows. Emerson Drive joined Eclipse for an open jam on the Beer Garden Stage, making it an unforgettable experience for the crowd. Blake Shelton attended an Eclipse show at the fair, saying Eclipse is one of the best cover bands he has ever seen. 
 
When you attend a show, you will not leave disappointed. Be prepared to sweat, dance, laugh. The show features a wide variety of music. That is what Eclipse is about: fun and entertaining music, taking the audience away from the daily grind. Eclipse is a 97% cover band playing all your favorite rock hits and rockin' country.

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Schedule

Saturday, Aug 31
10:00 pm



Christian Begeman, featured Artist

Guest Artists/Authors

Christian Begeman works at Midco in Sioux Falls in the Marketing department. In his free time, you will find him crisscrossing South Dakota looking to capture the infinite and ever-changing beauty his state has to offer.

Christian’s photos have been featured in South Dakota Magazine and he also is a regular contributor to southdakotamagazine.com where he writes a monthly photography column.

Christian’s most recent project is searching out the state’s remaining standing country churches. These photos are posted on Facebook’s Prairie Sanctuaries page.


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



The Wild Flowers

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fairgoers each year, performing a wide variety of music so each day is different and new! They sing everything from Country to Christian!

Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
10:30 am - 11:15 am


Community Worship and Praise Service

Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage
Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
11:00 am



Dreamweaver Comedy Hypnosis

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Randy Buker is a full-time hypnotist. He’s one of the very few hypnotic entertainers in the upper Midwest who can stay busy enough to do this for a living. Most do it on the side as a part-time job or a hobby. The difference is that the hobbyists don’t do enough shows to get the experience needed to do high quality, professional shows. Because he’s a professional, you will receive a professional experience from your very first contact with Randy all the way through to the end of the show.

Randy has a background in the Mental Health field. Following college, he worked in that field for seventeen years. He brings his mental health experience and understanding of the human mind to the stage. Along with his quick wit, your audience will be amazed as they watch the volunteers explore the powers of their subconscious minds in a most hilarious way.


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm



Gypsies, Doves and Dreams

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Gypsies, Doves and Dreams is a heartfelt tribute to the lyrical genius of Stevie Nicks.  Fronted by Kansas City native and tribute show pioneer Kim Osborne, Gypsies, Doves and Dreams strive to capture the "essence" of Stevie; the mystery, the emotion, and the power of her magical songs.  From her hits with Fleetwood Mac to a soaring solo career and sought-after duo partner, Stevie Nicks is the undisputed Queen of Rock!  Spend an evening with Gypsies, Doves and Dreams, and fall under the spell...


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
2:00 pm - 3:00 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 1
2:00 pm



Weston Frank

Midway Roadhouse

2011 brought change to this once young and strictly cover band musician. A stint of hard living and drinking got Weston kicked out of his own cover band. Determined to rise above and find purpose to music, and with a lot of help from his then girlfriend, now wife Jill, Weston has become a staple in South Dakota Country Music. Sobriety, hard work, small doses of humor and a little faith have taken him a long way. Proud of who he has become as a person and as a musician, he prides himself in bettering himself even more, with each year. You’ll find him all over South Dakota and even a few border towns in other states. You’ll undoubtedly catch his show at events like HOBO DAY, The State Fair, Corn Palace Week, and Rodeos all over. Original music written by Weston or in collaboration with cowboy poet Taylor Cowan is based off true-life experience here on the plains as a poor kid, and a simple rodeo man. Original music is influenced by works of Waylon Jennings, Jason Isbell, Merle Haggard, Tyler Childers, and the likes there of. There will be nothing disappointing about attending or hosting a Weston Frank LIVE solo show other than at some point, it will have to end for the night. One man, that makes you feel like you’ve watched an entire group perform. 



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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm



Elton Dan & The Rocket Band

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

An Elton Dan show pays tribute to one of the all-time greatest artists: ELTON JOHN.  Elton Dan's rapport and stage presence are second to none and his magical piano playing has a way of engaging you in the full ELTON experience.  Before you know it, you're captivated by his incredible band including backup singers and thrilled with the over the top costumes and high energy performances just like ELTON in days past.  Elton Dan has performed for gatherings of 8,000 plus but gives each listener the feeling that they are sharing the intimate emotions of the much-loved music with just them.  For more information, check out Elton Dan on Facebook.  


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm



Dirty Word Band

Beer Garden

Dirty Word is a talented group of accomplished performers that have been giving jaw dropping performances since 1998.  Recently they have expanded their territory taking the Dirty Word experience nationally to Texas, Colorado, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Kansas as well as a number of stops in Scalia’s home state of Louisiana.  Entertaining the troops overseas has also become a regular event making stops in Qatar, Kuwait, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.  The band has become the “must have act” at clubs, fairs and festivals across the Midwest.  Check out the full tour schedule and catch the next Dirty Word show near you!


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



Greg Hanson & the Backroads

Midway Roadhouse

Greg Hanson & the Backroads have shared the stage with Tracy Lawrence, Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Milsap, Blake Shelton, Steve Holy and more. They have entertained crowds as small as 100 and as large as 8000. Greg even sang to a crowd of 60,000 plus when he performed the National Anthem at a Minnesota Vikings game.
Greg Hanson & the Backroads always put on a memorable show and the crowd always has a great time. It all started in Wilmot, SD, where Greg was raised on the family farm. While in his teens, Greg became determined to make singing his career and spent the next eight years competing in numerous talent contests throughout the Midwest. His first break came in 2001, when Greg performed in Branson, Missouri, and was offered a permanent spot on the Doug Gabriel Show. Greg moved to Branson and performed there for 10 months while he recorded his debut album “I’m the New Man.” Through a mutual friend, Greg was introduced to Minnesota native Dennis Morgan, who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Morgan, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has written more than 20 number one hits for artists like Faith Hill, Reba, Ronnie Milsap, Rod Stewart, and many others. Believing in Greg’s traditional, yet, unique vocals, the two worked together to record Greg’s second album, “I Owe You One.”
One of Greg's favorite places to play at is the South Dakota State Fair. Over the years, he has enjoyed singing on the 4-H stage, performing with Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings, the Freedom Stage and even opening for Chely Wright at the Grandstand. Greg loves the State Fair and has not missed one since he was 5 years old.


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Schedule

Sunday, Sep 1
10:00 pm



Diaper Derby

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Test your baby’s speed! Babies will crawl from one side of the stage to the other. The fastest three will win a trophy! Registration is at 9:30am. All babies participating must be under 15 months of age. Two parents, guardians, or friends must be present to stand on either side of the racing area across from the baby. There is no registration fee! Feel free to  bring along your baby’s favorite toy, snack, or blanket to help coax them across the finish line

Schedule

Monday, Sep 2
10:00 am



Dawn Weiss, featured Artist

Guest Artists/Authors
In 2006, a mother and daughter duo, Frances Kinyon and Dawn Weiss, established Salvage with Style. The business began as a hobby for the love of reusing discarded items.  After 13 years the business has changed duos to Dawn and Mikayla Weiss, however the love of repurposing continues.  We repurpose, relove, revive, restore, reincarnate, and reinvent with style.

You can find Salvage with Style on: Facebook and Instagram

Upcoming store opening May 2020  25397 401st Ave. Mitchell, SD

Featured Items:
1. Lid magnets
2. Word blocks
3. Wooden boxes
4. Reloved tables
5. 605 items
6. State signs
7. Farmhouse style decor
8. Blessing beads
9. Shelves
10. Revived books 


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Schedule

Monday, Sep 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Champions Forever

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

Recently featured on the finals of America's Got Talent --- Bruce and Diane and their family of 12 children have been in over 35 countries, using their Spin-tacular Basketball Show to entertain!  Bruce Crevier is a "Four Time Guinness World Record Holder" for basketball spinning and has spun as many as 21 basketballs at the same time.  He also holds the endurance world record and has spun one basketball without a break for 22 hours and 12 minutes.   Their programs are fit to audiences in any age range in any setting!


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Schedule

Monday, Sep 2
11:00 am - 11:45 am, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm



The Kid and Nic Show

NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage

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, the 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 the five-piece band in 1997, The Kid and Nic Show have 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 have 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!


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Schedule

Monday, Sep 2
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:15 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 30th 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.

For more information on the Youth Talent Contest contact the State Youth Talent Contest Coordinator at  sdafc@southdakotafairs.com.
Schedule

Monday, Sep 2
1:00 pm

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