Summer is starting to wind down.  In just a few weeks, the kids will be back in school. Enjoy some family fun at the 75th Sioux Empire Fair, August 1-10 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.  From the carnival rides to the fair food, live music, exhibits, bingo and more, there's something for everyone at the Sioux Empire Fair.

Here's this year's Grandstand entertainment.  All Grandstand entertainment is free with paid gate admission.

American Scarecrows

Saturday, August 2- 8:00pm

The first single, "Cheshire" off their new album, Yesteryear (June 2014), best embodies the band's current direction. The song is an unabashedly honest love story about a girl from Northern Minnesota; the piece is a narrative masquerading as a pop song laced with fragile emotion and the buoyancy of young love.

Collective Soul

Saturday, August 2-
Following American Scarecrows

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Collective Soul. The band released Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid in 1994 as their first studio album. The long awaited 9th studio albumSee What You Started By Continuing fully embodies the journey that Collective Soul has taken musically and personally throughout the last two decades.


Sunday, August 3- 8:00pm

Hairball is the world's ultimate "80's Rock" impersonation act, recreating the good-time party atmosphere of the decadent decade with unmatched authenticity. They copy the personas of the era's legendary front men while rapidly changing elaborate costumes, then complete their transformations with dead-on visual and vocal performances.

American Young

Monday, August 4- 8:00pm

From the easy, almost hushed jangly plea of “Love Is War,” to the driving, fiddle-laden anger of “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight,” American Young isn’t content with their audience being passive listeners to their music. They want them to feel it in their soul.

Josh Turner

Monday, August 4-
Following American Young

Josh Turner is an American country music singer and actor who signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2003. His latest single is "Time Is Love" off his new album, 'Punching Bag'. In 2003, "Long Black Train", his title track, was his breakthrough single release.


Tuesday, August 5- 8:00 pm

Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, California formed in 1995. The band released two albums,Buckcherry (1999) and Time Bomb (2001), before dissolving in the summer of 2002. In 2005, lead vocalist Josh Todd and lead guitarist Keith Nelson reformed Buckcherry and released a new album on April 16, 2006. Buckcherry’s hits include Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit, “Sorry” and “All Night Long”.

The Beach Boys

Wednesday, August 6 - 8:00pm

The Beach Boys hit singles include “Surfin’ USA”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “California Girls”, “I Get Around”, and “Good Vibrations”. They are led by Mike Love (an original member) and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.


Thursday, August 7- 8:00pm

Country fans voted Parmalee’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time,” #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown. PARMALEE is recognized for their #1 smash hit single “Carolina”.

Randy Houser

Thursday, August 7 -
Following Parmalee

Randy Houser’s newest single, “Goodnight Kiss”, joins his #1 smash hit singles “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “How Country Feels”.

Scotty McCreery

Friday, August 8- 8:00pm

Five months after winning Season 10 of "American Idol," McCreery released his debut album,Clear As Day, which became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. His impressive evolution is immediately evident on his second studio album, See You Tonight, which artfully captures who he is now, both as an artist and as a man.

Pro Rodeo

Sponsored by:
Billion Dodge Ram and
Dakota Beverage, Coors Distributor

Saturday, August 9 - 6:30pm
Sunday, August 10 - 1:30 pm

More information about the Pro Rodeo.


Check out these special days at the Fair.

Friday, August 1st:

Sponsored by:
First PREMIER Bank

Sneak Peek Night as part of PREMIER Weekend
Fair opens at 5 pm

Free admission.
Free anniversary cake to the first 2,000 people, 6:00 pm at the corportate tent.
Pie Eating Contest and Pig Calling Contest open to the public.
Wine and Canvas in the Arts Center - pre-registration required.
$25 day wristbands on the Midway.


Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd:

Sponsored by:
First PREMIER Bank

Collective Soul, free with paid fair admission, on the Dollar Loan Center Main Stage, August 2nd.
Hairball, free with paid fair admission, on the Dollar Loan Center Main Stage, August 3rd.
Benson's Flea Market (new), Aug. 2 and 3
Last chance to purchase your Siouxper Pass!


Tuesday, August 5th:

Sponsored by:
Grand Falls

Senior Citizen Appreciation Day
Free lunch for seniors at noon, in the corporate tent near the Front Porch, sponsored by Lewis Drug. Pick up your lunch ticket in advance at Sioux Falls' stores.

Special Entertainment:
Fair history in the Arts Center at 11 am.
Front Porch: Sherwin Linton at 11 am. Six Appeal at noon.
Exhibit Hall shopping opens at 10 am. Win prizes playing Plink-o at the Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort booth.
Model Train Exhibit opens at 10 am.
Pioneer Lane opens at noon.
BINGO starts at 1 pm.
Bring the grandkids for Two for Tuesday on the Midway - buy one, get one day wristbands.


Wednesday, August 6th:

Sponsored by:

Ag Appreciation Day
Thank a farmer! Salute to Farmers lunch and entertainment for farmer's and people in ag in the Grandstand. Sponsored bySioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

Special Entertainment:
Visit the new Pipestone Discovery Barn.
Dollar rides on the Midway.
4-H Dairy Show, 4-H Poultry Show, and FFA Market Hogs at 9 am.
Exhibit hall shopping opens at 10 am.
Front Porch: Sherwin Linton at 10 am. Six Appeal at 11 am.
Pie Contest in the Arts Center at noon.
4-H Speaking Contest Finals at noon on the gazebo/Band Stand Stage in Pioneer Lane.
Sioux Falls Stockyards program with pie and coffee at 2 pm in the Arts Center.
FFA Dairy Show at 2 pm.
4-H Swine Show at 4 pm.
The Beach Boys, free with paid fair admission, on the Dollar Loan Center Main Stage.


Thursday, August 7th:

Cantastic Thursday: donate 3 non-perishable food items at a Midway ticket booth and receive $10 off a day wristband.

Daycare Extravaganza from 10 am - 1 pm
Phil Baker performs at 10 and 11 am on the family stage.
4-H Character Counts Carnival opens at 10 am near the family stage.
Old Mac Donald's Farm opens at 10 am.
Pipestone Discovery Barn opens at 10 am.
Story time featuring the book "The Guardian Team" by Cat Urbigkit in the Arts Center at 11 am.
Friends First Magic Show (bully prevention education) at noon on the family stage.


Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th.

Sponsored by:
Corn Council  Corn Growers

AG Rules! Celebration
Visit Corn Acres near the Bridlewood and Expo, 10 am - 5 pm. See the amazing Corn Adventure trailer with the tractor simulator.
AG Rules Theater on even hours.
AG Rules BINGO on odd hours.
BIG prize drawings every hour, 11 am - 5 pm.
Games and activities. FREE popcorn and water.
FREE sweet corn feed at 11 am.


Sunday, August 10th:

Sponsored by:
Century Link

Family Day
Pro Rodeo at 1:30 pm, free with paid fair admission.
Youth Talent Contest at noon on the Front Porch.
Watermelon Contest at 1 pm in the Arts Center.
Youth Lego Contest at 3 pm in the Arts Center.
Dakota Kids Pedal Pull at 3 pm outside the Arts Center.


Don't forget about these attractions:


Pipestone Discovery Barn

 Music in the Budweiser Beer Garden and on the Front Porch 

Old McDonald's Farm


Contests and other activities

Get more information about the Sioux Empire Fair here.