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 2021 – August 20 to 29

  • Open Daily from Noon to 1:00 am
  • Rick Borger & the Average German Band plays nightly from 7:00 pm to Close
  • Proudly serving German style beer from Schell’s Brewery of New Ulm, MN
  • Authentic German Food Daily from 11:00 am to Close
  • Wrist bands required after 6:00 pm
  • $5 Gate Fee Friday & Saturday Nights. Free Admission all other days.
  • Free Admission with Fair Grandstand Event Pass


2021 Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 20:

  • Opening Day!
  • Keg Tapping Ceremony sponsored by Schell’s Brewing at 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 21

  • Bob Grimm Band – 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 22

  • Cornhole Tournament in conjunction with West River Cornhole Group. Open Class Registration @ Noon for first 32 teams. $40 per 2-person team.  1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes.  Games at 1:00 pm.
  • Midnight Sun Band – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • $1 small Schell’s Root Beer Floats at Food Vendor 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Monday, August 23

  • Giant Jenga sponsored by Cohort Craft Brewery at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 24

  • Senior Citizen Appreciation Night

Wednesday, August 25

  • Stein Hoisting Competition sponsored by Firehouse Brewing Co at 7:00 pm
  • First Responder Appreciation Night

Thursday, August 26

  • Rushmore Strike! sponsored by Lost Cabin Beer Co. $1 per nail entry fee.
  • College Night

Friday, August 27

  • Military Appreciation Night

Saturday, August 28

  • Bob Grimm Band – 1:00 to 4:00 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 as a portion of our proceeds are donated to charities and community organizations throughout the Black Hills.

Our 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.