Newton Hills to host folk music festival

From the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

CANTON, S.D. – Newton Hills State Park is preparing for three days of music, dancing and family fun during the 31st annual Sioux River Folk Festival. The festival starts Friday, Aug. 6 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 8.

The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. CDT with performances by Crabgrass Crew, Art Stevenson & Highwater, Bill Bourne & the Bop Ensemble and Elephant Revival.

The entertainment line-up continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. with shows by Public Domain Tune Band, Art Stevenson,Elephant Revival, Bill Bourne & the Bop Ensemble. During the dinner break at 5 p.m., a folk music 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 in front of the Saturday night crowd and open for the big closing set. The winner will also receive $31.31 and original Headley Eyesore artwork signed by Headley himself. 

For additional information on the campground contest please visit:

To register, send an e-mail describing your music, along with contact information to and include “folk music contest” in the subject line.

Music-inspired workshops will also be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Sunday, the festival features Art Stevenson and Bill Bourne & the Bop Ensemble in a gospel show starting at noon.

Advance tickets are available through the following outlets: Garden of Eat’n in Canton and East Dakota Natural Foods Co-op in Sioux Falls. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate or by mail. Additional information is available online at or by calling 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 each vehicle 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.

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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.

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