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 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 2912:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monday, Sep 212:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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 291:30 pm, 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 301:30 pm, 4:00 pm
Sunday, Sep 11:30 pm
SD State Fair Karaoke Rendezvous
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.
Thursday, Aug 295:00 pm
Friday, Aug 305:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 315:00 pm
On the Run featuring Kaila Dakota
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.
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Thursday, Aug 297:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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Friday, Aug 3012:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm
Brandon Jones Band
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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Friday, Aug 3010:00 pm
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Saturday, Aug 3112:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Arm Wrestling Competition
Arm Wrestling Registration - 10 am - 12:30 pm
Arm Wrestling Competition - 1 pm
4 Weight Divisions:
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
Saturday, Aug 311:00 pm
EclipseEclipse 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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Saturday, Aug 3110:00 pm
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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Sunday, Sep 13:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Greg Hanson & the Backroads
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.