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South Dakota Food Festivals & Food Shows

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2018 South Dakota: January to May 2018

(see also: 2017)


January 3-5, 2018
35th Dakota Farm Show 2018
Vermillion, South Dakota
The DAKOTA Farm Show has kicked off the new year by showcasing over 280 exhibitors representing over 1000 agricultural products and services, all inside the temperature-controlled USD DakotaDome.  Join over 25,000 agricultural producers from South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota to review the latest farm technology focused on improving yields, reducing costs, and managing risk.  Attendance: 25,000.

January 23-27, 2018  Sioux Empire Farm Show
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Since 1954, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring one of the best farm shows in the upper Midwest. Over the years the show has grown to include the best market and purebred livestock from across the region as well as the latest in agricultural commercial exhibits.  Attendance: 30,000.

January 24-26, 2018  Sioux Falls Farm Show
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Sioux Falls Farm Show is part of Sioux Falls annual Salute to Agriculture. This event ties together the Sioux Falls Farm Show with the Sioux Empire Farm Show, the area’s premier livestock event hosted at WH Lyon Fairgrounds.

February 6-10, 2018  Watertown Winter Farm Show
Watertown, South Dakota
The Watertown Winter Farm Show is a five day event filled with entertainment and education for all ages. Celebrating our 73rd year, we have been an outlet for the agriculture community to share new programs, opportunities, and ideas. Featured events include livestock shows and sales, home and family programs, educational presentations, commercial exhibits, zoo demonstrations and a Lego contest.  (also: )


February 14, 2018
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 17-24, 2018
National FFA Week
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

March 5-9, 2018  National School Breakfast Week
School Nutrition Association.

March 20, 2018  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

April 22, 2018  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.

May 6, 2017  Frühlingsfest - Rapid City, South Dakota
Beer enthusiasts, celebrate the German culture and beer at Main Street Square's Frühlingsfest. Sample more than 30 beers, including summer seasonal beers and beers from local breweries. Frühlingsfest is held in conjunction with Main Street Square's Spring Market, which includes local foods, crafts and other specialty goods. Also, enjoy live music from the local bluegrass band, Six Mile Road!

May 10, 2018  Art and Wine Festival - Rapid City, South Dakota
Browse this hip and happy maker’s market while tasting a variety of flavorful wine samples! With wine glass in hand, you can peruse dozens of booths featuring an eclectic blend of handcrafted items, artisan designs, vintage treasures, and fabulous finds to inspire your creative soul. Enjoy live music, a wine pull and wine auction to stock your cellar for the year. The event is free to attend.

May 13, 2018  MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.


2017 SOUTH DAKOTA: January to May 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

May 19, 2017  Annual Huron Turkey Races: Kenturkey Derby
Huron, South Dakota
The event draws huge crowds eager to watch teams of two try to encourage their turkey feathered friend to cross the finish line first for a chance to win a $1,000 nest egg. Race turkeys are available for purchase by local businesses and individuals.  Activities this year include a Dizzy Bat Race, Wiffle Ball Throw Contest, Catcher's Race, Candy Scramble, Parade of Champs and Spirit Award. Turkey Legs and Fowl Balls will be available to test your palate.  Event proceeds go towards a community or civic cause identified prior to the event. Previous recipients of the proceeds include Huron Public Schools for athletic equipment and downtown beautification efforts.  The event is free to the public and fun for the entire family.



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