The Sioux Empire Fair is underway 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 are today's activities:

Pioneer Activities

August 4, 2014 - August 8, 2014 - 10:00am - Pioneer Lane

County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota author, Art Rusch

August 4, 2014 - 11:00am - Arts Center

Miniature Horse Show

August 4, 2014 - 11:00am - Expo Building

August 4, 2014 - 1:00pm - Armory

August 4, 2014 - August 10, 2014 - 1:00pm - Family Stage

August 4, 2014 - 2:00pm - Front Porch

Sunbonnet Decorating Contest

August 4, 2014 - 2:00pm - Arts Center

Wayne Faneburst

August 4, 2014  - 2:00pm  - Pioneer Lane

Survivor Family Game Show

August 4, 2014 - August 10, 2014 - 3:00pm  - Family Stage

Austin Hahn

August 4, 2014  - 4:00pm - Front Porch

Lefsa Making

August 4, 2014 - 4:00pm - Arts Center

Driving Show

August 4, 2014 - 5:00pm - Expo Building

Amateur Flower Arranging Contest

August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - Arts Center

Josh Turner w/ guest American Young

August 4, 2014 - 8:00pm - Dollar Loan Center Main Stage (Free with paid gate admission)

American Young

August 4, 2014 - 10:00pm - 11:50pm - Budweiser Beer Garden


Here are some more events happening at the Sioux Empire Fair this week.

All Grandstand entertainment is free with paid gate admission.


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.

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:

Get more information about the Sioux Empire Fair here.


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