Newton Hills State Park hosts 32nd annual Sioux River Folk Music Festival

Newton Hills State Park hosts 32nd annual Sioux River Folk Music Festival
Leaf at Newton Hills State Park

An early fall leaf at Newton Hills State Park in South Dakota, near Canton. (Photo by Seth Tupper)

CANTON, S.D. – Newton Hills State Park is preparing for three days of music, dancing and family fun during the 32nd annual Sioux River Folk Festival. The festival starts Friday, August 5th and runs through Sunday, August 7th.

The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with performances by The FOTM Band, Carolina Story, The Mark Kreitzer Band and The Foghorn Stringband.

The entertainment line-up continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. with shows by Carolina Story, The Union Grove Pickers,The Mark Kreitzer Band, The Foghorn Stringband. During the break at 5 p.m., a campground contest “15 Minutes of Folk Fame,” will be held welcoming all acoustic vocal and/or instrumental solo, duo, and group acts. The winning act will have 15 minutes to play their hearts out in front of the crazed Saturday night crowd and open for the big closing set! They’ll also receive $32.32 and original Headley Eyesore artwork signed by Headley himself. For additional information on the contest please visit: To register, please send an email that describes your music, along with contact information to and include “folk music contest” in the subject line. The evening session will also include sets by Colin O’Brien and Tom Peterson & Charley Smith.

Music inspired workshops will also be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Sunday, the festival features Jack Rollins and The Foghorn Stringband in a gospel show starting at 11:30 a.m.

Advanced tickets are available through the following outlets: Garden of Eat’n in Canton; The Coop Natural Foods (2504 S. Duluth Ave.) & String Theory Luthiery (3204 S. Walts Ave.) in Sioux Falls. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate or by mail. Additional information is available online at or by calling Gaynor at 605-987-2582.

Newton Hills State Park is located six miles south of Canton along County Road 135 or 12 miles east of Exit 56 from I-29. A park entrance license is required on all vehicles entering the park. Daily and annual entrance licenses can be purchased at South Dakota state park offices or at the park welcome center.

For more information on South Dakota state parks and for a calendar of events, visit or call 605-773-3391.

— From a Game, Fish and Parks news release

About Author

Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. Tom Savage
    Tom Savage 3 November, 2011, 19:20

    Searching for Mr. Terry Dozark who I think is the caretaker at Newton Hills park. Please respond for forwarding address if he is no longer at Newton Hills.

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