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 Welcome to Downtown Rapid City

Escape for the weekend to Downtown Rapid City and experience numerous art galleries, fashionable boutiques, a variety of fine cuisine, the City of President statues and great entertainment from music to theatre and various events.

Explore the fountains at Main Street Square, a place to make fun-filled memories for the whole family. With plenty of hotel rooms, over 70 shops and 33 restaurants, head Downtown, year round.

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Central States Fair Carnival

August 23, Sat
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

August 15, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
August 16 - 23, 12 p.m to 12 a.m.
August 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ride unlimited carnival rides from Monday - Friday with a Big D Mega Pass. The Big D Mega Pass is your ultimate carnival ticket to enjoy all the thrills and spins that Carnival Americana has to offer for one low price. The Big D Mega Passes are only available at Big D Convenience Stores in Rapid City starting August 5. Pass expires at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 22.

Daily wristbands are available to ride unlimited rides for on-day or individual tickets can be purchased at the carnival ticket booth located on the midway during the fair.

Central States Fairgrounds | Midway | Rapid City

Central States Fair Carnival

August 23, Sat
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Fair Food and Commercial Exhibits

August 23, Sat
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

August 15, 3 to 8 p.m.
August 16 - 23, 12 p.m to 8 p.m.

Regional vendors will display their crafts and treats for the ten-day Central States Fair. Both indoor and outdoor vendors will be on display during the week of the fair for a chance to shop and eat all the fun fair activities.

There are a number of food vendors that offer all the fun fair food on the Midway. Food vendors range from the old-fashioned hamburger to the fair favorites such as funnel cakes and corn dogs. Here's some of our suggestions of "must haves" at the Central States Fair.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast: Served from 7 to 10 a.m., you won't find a better breakfast for the price in the Black Hills. We recommend the Biscuits and Gravy, but don't forget about their burgers for lunch, plus you can play Bingo...Burgers and Bingo...What's not to love?

The German Tent Brats and Sauerkraut: The German Tent is a crowd favorite at the Central States Fair. The German Tent serves up authentic German food including the mouth watering Brats with Sauerkraut and paired with German Potato Salad. In addition, the German Tent serves traditional German Beer during the fair with a live polka band daily. Servers are dresses in traditional German attire. Who needs Oktoberfest when you have the German Tent?

Corn-On-The-Cob: Located on concession row, the roasted corn-on-the-cob is one of a kind. Corn-on-the-cob is roasted with husks and all on a homemade roaster. Just look for the crowd and the corn.

Homemade French Fries: If you don't want corn-on-the-cob walk a few feet down and indulge in the best homemade, cut french fries this side of the Mississippi. If you want to go on the wild side, order a pigtail. Homemade curly fries, smothered with coleslaw and BBQ; three food groups on one plate.

Old Fashioned Root Beer: A tasty treat for carnival goers. The old fashioned Root Beer stand offers fairgoers homemade sarsaparilla plus an old fashioned mug. Don't like Root Beer, no problem. The Old West stand also offers homemade flavored peach and raspberry tea with fruit, homemade lemon drop soda, sweet tea, cream soda, blackberry soda or orange cream soda.

The Gyro: Tender Lamb or Pork on a pita with homemade cucumber sauce make the gyro stand a hidden delicacy at the Central States Fair. The gyro stand is located next to the Coors Tent and offers authentic gyros. See for yourself!

Creme Puffs: The Creme Puffs are one of the most popular Central States Fair foods. Large shells filled with cream and topped with your favorite toppings from fresh fruit to chocolate and caramel. The Creme Puffs are located in the Fine Arts Building. Order your creme puff from the "Blue Ribbon, "Red Ribbon," and "White Ribbon" menus.

The Central States Fair also offers both indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces for commercial exhibits. Exhibitors range from home supplies, hot tubs to at-home businesses and agriculture equipment. All indoor vendors are located in the Soule Building while the outdoor vendors are located north of the midway to the German Tent.

Central States Fairgrounds | Rapid City

Fair Food and Commercial Exhibits

August 23, Sat
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Tom Haggerty & Friends present a Benefit Concert... Bringing Hope

August 23, Sat
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 | 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In 2005, a few like minded individuals from Rapid City, South Dakota purchased a 50 acre “farm” in Liberia for the purpose of building a school and orphanage to meet the educational and physical needs of the many orphan children living nearby. CLICK HERE for more information about Bridges of Hope.

Main Street Square | 526 Main St. | Rapid City, SD
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Range Days Rodeo

August 23, Sat
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday, August 21 to Saturday, August 23

The PRCA Range Days Rodeo is one of the top rodeos in the Badlands Circuit. The Range Days rodeo began in 1946 as a rodeo venue to attract top cowboys to showcase their talents to the Black Hills communities. Through the years top contestants have participated in the event; including South Dakota's top rodeo hands such as Casey Tibbs.

The Range Days Rodeo features 8 rodeo events; saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. All rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday.

Kicking off the Range Days Rodeo is the Military Appreciation Night. All military personal receive a FREE rodeo ticket. In a heart warming opening ceremony, the Range Days Rodeo also honors those who have excelled in both the South Dakota National Guard and Ellsworth Air Force military branches as they present year-end awards to those soldiers that have excelled in their field.

Central States Fairgrounds | Grandstands | Rapid City

Range Days Rodeo

August 23, Sat
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Paddy O'Neill's Live Entertainment

August 23, Sat
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Every Thursday through Saturday | 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Paddy O'Neills features live evening entertainment every Thursday - Saturday. Join us for music and fun while you relax and enjoy.

Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub | 523 Sixth St. | Rapid City, SD

Paddy O'Neill's Live Entertainment

August 23, Sat
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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