The Rushmore German Club presents the very popular Sommerfest for 9 days every August at the Central States Fair in Rapid City. Locally, our Sommerfest is known simply as ‘The German Tent’ or “The Beer Tent”.

Sommerfest 2019 – August 16 to 24

Open Daily from Noon to 1am

Authentic German Food – Daily from 11am to close

Central States Fair Grounds, Rapid City, SD

2019 Schedule of Events:

  • Friday, August 16 – Opening Day! – Keg Tapping Ceremony at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 17 – Bob Grimm Band plays at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 18 –
    • Corn Hole Tournament – Registration begins at Noon, Tournament at  1:00 pm
    • Midnight Sun Band playing from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Monday, August 19 – Beer Olympics – Giant Jenga – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 20 – Beer Olympics – Rushmore Hit – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 21 – Beer Olympics – Stein Hoist – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 22 – PRCA Xtreme Broncs Finals at the Fair
  • Friday, August 23 – Police, Fire, and First Responders Night at the Fair
  • Saturday, August 24 –
    • Stein Hoisting – 1 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jenga and Cornhole available for fun
  • Closing ceremony at 7:00 pm


The German Tent is organized, built, run, staffed, and hosted by volunteer members of our club. We’re always looking for individuals to join our organization and volunteer their time to help us be successful.  Its a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.  And, its all for a good cause – the proceeds are all donated to charities and community organizations throughout the Black Hills.

287338_506607136019559_1595815472_oOur first Sommerfest at the Fair was held in 1982 and attendance has grown year after year. Our 60′ x 150′ foot festival tent is filled to overflow capacity most nights, especially on weekends, and is a great way to end a day’s fairgoing. We feature quality polka bands brought here from Colorado, and have developed a strong fan base.

Rick Borger and the Average German Band from the Denver area, are featured each year at Sommerfest. Lively dance music, including several novelty numbers like the Alligator, Train Dance, March Dance, Austrian Wedding Dance, and the always popular Chicken Dance can be heard throughout the evenings.