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 2910:00 am
Changing Hands - A Farm Bureau Financial Services Seminar
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.
Thursday, Aug 2912:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday, Aug 303:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Your Money Your Retirement - A Farm Bureau Financial Services Seminar
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.
Thursday, Aug 292:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, Aug 302:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Wild FlowersThe 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!
Thursday, Aug 294:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Friday, Aug 3011:45 am - 12:15 pm
Phil Baker: Sensory Friendly Music Show for All Ages
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:
Friday, Aug 3010:30 am - 11:15 am
Saturday, Aug 3110:00 am
Phil Baker: Music for Kids
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:
Friday, Aug 3012:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 3111:30 am - 12:00 pm
Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Competition
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
Connect with Miss SD State Fair Scholarship Competition:
Saturday, Aug 312:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SD Country Music Hall of Fame Presents Pegie Douglas, CD of the Year Award Winner
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."
Connect with SD Country Music Hall of Fame Presents Pegie Douglas, CD of the Year Award Winner:
Saturday, Aug 316:00 pm
Sunday, Sep 16:00 pm
SD Country Music Hall of Fame presents Suns of the West, 2019 Inductee
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.
Saturday, Aug 316:45 pm
Sunday, Sep 16:45 pm
Community Worship and Praise Service
Sunday, Sep 111:00 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 12:00 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 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.