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2014 SOUTH DAKOTA 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

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January 7-9, 2014  Dakota Farm Show
Vermillion, South Dakota
For over 30 years, 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.

January 21-25, 2014  Sioux Empire Farm Show 2014 - 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 22-24, 2014  Sioux Falls Farm Show 2014 - 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 11-15, 2014  Watertown Winter Farm Show - Watertown, South Dakota
Livestock shows & sales, home & family programs, educational presentations, and commercial exhibits.  (also: )

February 14, 2014  Valentine's Day
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.

March 3-7, 2014  National School Breakfast Week 2014 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.

March 25, 2014  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

April 22, 2014  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. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.

May 11, 2014  Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)

JULY 4, 2014 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

August 18-21, 2014  DakotaFest 2014 - Mitchell, South Dakota
Annual outdoor farm show that takes place outside of Mitchell, South Dakota. The show includes more than 550 companies on over 50 acres of land. 
(also: ) Attendance: 30,000.

November 27, 2014  Thanksgiving Day - Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.   (4th Thursday in November).


2013 SOUTH DAKOTA 2013

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May 31-June 1, 2013  Original South Dakota BBQ Championships
Huron, South Dakota
Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned with $12,000 in cash prizes.  Also a Peoples Choice Backyard BBQ Competition. Anyone can compete in the Backyard BBQ portion of the event. (All of the meat is provided; lamb, pork & turkey; so you do not have to bring your own meat).  And Don't miss the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge open to everyone.

June 13-16, 2013  Teapot Days - Tea, South Dakota
Crowning of Ma and Pa Teapot, teapot displays, carnival, parade, 5k run, tractor pull, car show, antique farm equipment, cow pie bingo, fireworks and more.

July 15-17, 2013  Antique Power Show - Huron, South Dakota
Experience the historical days of antique tractors, cars, steam and stationary gas engines during the Antique Tractor and Power Show. The event features about 150 exhibits and displays, entertainment, demonstrations, flea market, parade and tractor and car games. The Antique Power Show always takes place the weekend of Father’s Day, so bring Dad out to enjoy the many things to see!  The event is held at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds and admission is free.

July 19-20, 2013  Cookin' on Kampeska: Wing Fling & BBQ Thing
Watertown, South Dakota
The successful family friendly event will feature a State Championship Kansas City BBQ Society competition. With over $8,000 in prize money to be given away along with a bid to the National BBQ Competition, Cookin' on Kampeska is expected to draw both national and international competitors. We are ramping up the entertainment this year!

August 3, 2013  22nd Annual Clark Potato Day - Clark, South Dakota
The potato is king in Clark where each year the town throws a party in honor of its favorite over-used, under-appreciated starch. Potato Day includes entertainment, parades, potato sack races, recipe contests, potato sculptures, craft market, world famous mashed potato wrestling, dance band at night and many more events.

August 17, 2013  Plankinton Annual Pheasant Fest - Plankinton, South Dakota
Plankinton is located in a prime South Dakota hunting area. The festival includes a demolition derby, greased pig contest, candy toss, kiddie parade, street dance and a progressive supper serving 1000 pheasants prepared by local business people.

August 21-25, 2013  Corn Palace Festival - Mitchell, South Dakota
The Corn Palace Festival is a celebration of the annual redecoration of the world's only corn palace. The best in entertainment, carnival rides, food & specialty vendors, along with the locals bringing in their best produce to be judged makes this an event you will want to attend.


August 24-25, 2013  Great Dakota Wine Festival - Vermillion, South Dakota
Includes wine tastings from South Dakota wineries, grape stomping, live music, cooking demonstrations, and amateur wine making competition.

August 29-Sept 2, 2013  South Dakota State Fair - Huron, South Dakota

September 6-7, 2013  Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll - Vermillion, South Dakota
Enjoy two big days of world class BBQ ribs, classic cars, food vendors, arts & crafts, street dance, beer garden, music fest, State BBQ Championship cook-off, children's games, and much, much more! Held in downtown Vermillion.

September 27-29, 2013  48th Annual Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Custer, South Dakota
Feel the thunder and watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo. Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd. Following the roundup, stay and watch park staff sort, brand and vaccinate the herd in preparation for the fall buffalo sale. At the 20th Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, up to 150 vendors will offer for sale their fine arts and crafts including many South Dakota made products.

September 28, 2013  Dutch Oven Cook Off - Custer, South Dakota
Come sample some of the best Dutch Oven cooking in the region at the Cabela's Challenge Dutch Oven Cook Off, sponsored by Cabela's and the Black Hills Dutchers. Dutchers from across the region will complete for points and prizes in this sanctioned international Dutch Oven Society Cook Off. Tasting begins after the dishes have been judged around Noon. Tasting donations will go to the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

September 29, 2013  22nd Annual Buffalo Wallow Chili Cook-off
Custer, South Dakota
Join the "herd" at Custer State Park's chili cook-off, where the competition is just as hot as the chili! Cooking begins at 10 a.m., public tasting at 2 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll the heritage arts and crafts exhibits.

October 11-12, 2013  Webster Area Pumpkin Fest - Webster, South Dakota
14th annual Webster Pumpkin Fest & Lighted Autumn Parade.   Pumpkin weigh-ins, hayrides, pumpkin olympics, crafts, food, entertainment, pony rides, quilt show, barrel train, bounce houses, lighted parade Saturday night, McCrossan Horse & Hitch Team wagon rides, and golf cart/lawn mower/4-wheeler poker run.

November 7-9, 2013  Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge - Huron, South Dakota
The 16th year of the Huron Ringneck Festival competition and the 12th year for the Bird Dog Challenge.  Thirty teams with participants from as far away as Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska compete in the event.  The Ringneck Festival competitive hunt consists of six-member teams, each attempting to bring back 18 pheasants.  The Huron Ringneck Festival Bird Dog Challenge is an exhibition that tests the skills of dogs and hunters.


2012 SOUTH DAKOTA 2012

waiting for new dates

June 16-18, 2012  International Vinegar Festival 2012 - Roslyn, South Dakota
Roslyn's Vinegar Festival is a celebration event with parade, live music, arts and crafts, vendors, food, and of course, Vinegar! The Vinegar Museum is open with free admission. Come celebrate the sour powered excitement that is VINEGAR. Sample some of the vinegars for sale at the tasting bar. Event takes place on Main Street. (also: )

July 27-29, 2012  Bruce Honey Days - Bruce, South Dakota
A weekend for the whole family. Honey cook-off, bean-bag tournament, teen dance, craft show, parade, car show, whopper feed, honey fudge & ice cream, volleyball tournament, kids activities, and street dance.


2011 SOUTH DAKOTA 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

waiting for new dates

October 12, 2011  Signature Chefs Auction - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Some of the finest area Chefs will prepare their specialties in this one of a kind food/wine event. A live and silent auction is available for your bidding pleasure. A fundraiser for the March of Dimes.


2010 SOUTH DAKOTA 2010

waiting for new dates

September 17-19, 2010  Spirit of the West Festival - Sioux Falls, South Dakota



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