FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


Contacts: Gaynor Johnson (605-987-2582) | Bill Peterson (


A folk music contest will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Sioux River Folk Festival in Newton Hills State Park, which is just south of Canton, SD.Acoustic vocal and / or instrumental solo, duo, and group acts are welcome. The Plain Label Stringband will judge the acts during the break on Saturday afternoon.To register please send an email which describes your / your acoustic group's music along with contact information to and include folk music contest in the subject line.

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 $150.00 and original Headley Eyesore artwork signed by Headley himself.Prior winners of the Sioux River Folk Festival Campground Contest were Snakebeard Jackson in 2006 and Mat D. in 2007.The second place prize is $100.00 and third place prize is $50.00. For additional information on the Campground Contest please visit

The Sioux River Folk Festival runs from August 1st through August 3rd.A pass for the entire festival is $35.00 and it is available at the gate or by mail.One day tickets are only available at the gate and are priced at $20.00 for Friday night only, $25.00 for Saturday all day, and $5.00 for Sunday all day. Children 14 and under may attend the festival free of charge. Tickets go on sale June 1st.For additional information on the festival, please visit

The Sioux River Folk Festival is sponsored by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music (,a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional music for generations of South Dakotans.