Brookings Summer Arts Festival July 12 & 13, 2014
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Admission is FREE!

Visit - History

The Living History area of the Brookings Summer Arts Festival brings the festival full circle to its roots.  The BSAF debuted in 1972, as a community event with a pioneer theme.  Over the years, the Historic area has evolved into a colorful site of canvas tents, tipis and encampments with traders and craftsmen demonstrating and selling their wares.

Demonstrations by many of the Historic area vendors draw festival patrons back each year.  The Prairie Fiber Arts Guild dye, spin and weave yarn, as well as felt wool.  Blacksmithing and tinsmithing, along with scrimshaw demonstrations are ongoing.

Festival patrons enjoy the varied assortment of beads, jewelry, furs and clothing that are for purchase or just fun to look at.  The aroma of wild rice delicacies and a sip of homemade root beer brings back the young and older visitor.

Today, the Brookings Renegade Muzzle Loaders Club man the front gates of the festival, while the Silver Creek Maverick Gunfighters “wrangle” the west gates and the vendor parking area.  Both of these groups, in their period costume, are essential to the needs of the handicapped parking located near the festival.

Take time to walk back into America’s frontier and pioneer past at this unique, interesting, and colorful South Dakota event.




Amalgamated Tinware

Ongoing demonstration

Booth #19

Ben Julup Smith

Cherokee Camp.

Booth #8

Bud's Homemade Root Beer

Made at the festival and sold in decorative bottles.

Booth #2

Dakota Stoneware


Booth #1

Dean Slader

Blacksmith iron forging demonstration

Booth #18

Dick Berreth

Birch Bark Canoe Demonstration

Booth #15

Dick Kapusta

Historic music, clothes, and accoutrements. He sings campfire music at his tent.

Booth #6

Doc's Wild Rice

Soup, brats and a full menu breakfast daily

Booth #7

Hannibal Furs and Beads

Historic Beads and Furs

Booth #3

Images of the Past

Historic clothes and accoutrements.

Booth #4

Keepers of the Pipe and Tipi

Native American crafts

Booth #9

Luke Acord

Fire starter, flint & steel demonstration

Booth #12

Mad Jacks or JC Centavo

The Taos trader with historic toys and jewelry

Booth #11

Minnesota Jack Sparrow

Pirate Camp

Booth #

Nobody's Business

The candy man and handmade fudge

Booth #10

Period Goods

Ongoing weaving demonstration

Booth #16

Pineapple Traders Beading

Demonstration and historic clothing

Booth #5

Prairie Fiber Arts Guild

Spinning ,weaving, & yarn dyeing

Booth #17

Reenactors of FT Dakota

The 13th reenacts the Civil War & the founding of Ft Dakota at the Falls of the Big Sioux River

Booth #20

Rembrandt Leather

Sheep skins & clothes

Booth #13

Tom Hannig


Booth #14


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