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2014 SOUTH DAKOTA 2014
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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, managing risk.


January 21-25, 2014  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.

February 11-15, 2014  Watertown Winter Farm Show
Watertown, South Dakota
Livestock shows & sales, home & family programs, educational presentations, and commercial exhibits.  (also: )

May 16, 2014  6th 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.

June 6-7, 2014  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 19-21, 2014  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.


June 21, 2014  International Vinegar Festival - 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.

June 21-22, 2014  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 18-19, 2014  Cookin' on Kampeska - 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!

July 25-27, 2014  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.

August 2, 2014  23rd 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 16, 2014  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 around 1000 pheasants prepared by local business people.

August 19-21, 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.


August 20-24, 2014  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 22-23, 2014  Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, South Dakota

August 28-Sept 1, 2014  South Dakota State Fair - Huron, South Dakota

August 30-31, 2014  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.

September 5-6, 2014  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 26-28, 2014  49th 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 Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, up to 150 vendors will offer for sale their fine arts and crafts including many South Dakota made products.  Dutch Oven Cook-Off and Chili Cook-Off.

September 27, 2014  6th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Rapid City, South Dakota
Visit Main Street Square and venture down Sixth Street and into Memorial Park for a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, chef competition, Rapid City Rush Foundation Kidz Zone, vendors and more! The community-wide celebration of harvest season brings an estimated 20,000 people together for a day of fall fun!

September 27, 2014  3rd Annual 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 28, 2014  25th 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 10-11, 2014  Pumpkin Fest & LIghted Night Parade
Webster, South Dakota
Annual Webster Pumpkin Fest & Lighted Autumn Parade.   Pumpkin weigh-ins, hayrides, pumpkin olympics, crafts, food, entertainment, Wagon rides along Main Street, Entertainment, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Baking Contest, Children's Tractor Pull.  Something for all ages!!  So bring the whole family or just yourself!!!

October 11, 2014  Taste of South Dakota - Rapid City, South Dakota
Experience everything South Dakota has to offer in one culture-rich event.  Music, Exhibits, Food, and many other local samples that represent our great state. Participants can expect South Dakota game samples, local music, a celebrity outdoorsman, local delicacies, South Dakota grown produce, cooking competitions, give-aways, outdoor sporting exhibits, vendors, and more!  Also, visit the South Dakota Stock Growers Association BBQ Bootcamp trailer for presentations throughout the day.

October 12-18, 2014  National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)

October 13-17, 2014  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association. 'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'

November 6-8, 2014  Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge
Huron, South Dakota
The 17th year of the Huron Ringneck Festival competition and the 13th 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.

November 27, 2014  THANKSGIVING DAY
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.   (4th Thursday in November).

December 10, 2014  Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2015 SOUTH DAKOTA 2015

January 28-30, 2015  Sioux Falls Farm Show 2015
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 14, 2015  VALENTINE'S DAY 2015 - Nationwide
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 2-6, 2015  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 18, 2015  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

April 22, 2015  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 10, 2015  MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

July 4, 2015  4TH OF JULY 2015 - Nationwide
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.

November 26, 2015  THANKSGIVING DAY 2015 - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.


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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