You just can't talk about the Brookings Summer Arts Festival without mentioning that it has become a summer tradition for this area. And when you talk about art, this is an all-encompassing arts and community event.

That means paintings, sculptures, antiques, music, jewelry and leather making, fiber arts, food (lots of food), and much, much more!

The Brookings Summer Arts Festival is coming up this Saturday, July 13 from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, July 14, from 10 AM to 5 PM at Pioneer Park just off of 6th Street in Brookings.

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Over 175 artists from across the country will be making the trek to Brookings for this year's event representing 15 different art disciplines.

And if food is one of your reasons for taking the short trip to Brookings for this fantastic event, you won't be disappointed. You will find over 36 gourmet and ethnic food booths to satisfy your every craving. Don't pass up the opportunity to grab a famous fresh-squeezed lemonade either.

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In the entertainment department, there really is something for the whole family from talented musicians from all genres, to performances from Prairie Repertory Theatre, to the Kids Activity Center.

Admission to the festival is free and there are handicap, public, and some localized pay-to-park areas, as well as shuttle bus rides available for $2.00. The festival is rain or shine and they ask that you leave your pets at home.

This really is one not to miss summer festival for art, music, and food lovers in the tri-state area!

For more information see Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

35 Movies That Take Place in South Dakota

When it comes to South Dakota and Hollywood, we've seen our fair share of films that have used our state as the backdrop for a number of productions over the years. They may not have always filmed here, but movie folk love to set stories here.

We're all familiar with the blockbusters like 1990's Dances With Wolves, 1959's North By Northwest, and more recently, 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets. But our state's life on the big screen goes back nearly 100 years.

According to IMDb, it all started with Courtin' Wildcats, a 1929 film which, like so many of the 29 films on this list, is a Western set in the time before South Dakota became a state in 1889.

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Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants Within 90 Minutes of Sioux Falls

Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.

Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.

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