Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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SD: Newton Hills Hosts 32nd Annual Sioux River Folk Music Festival

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

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.


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