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2022 marked the 30th year of Big Sioux Water Festivals! The goal of our festival is to provide a multi-topic, multi-disciplinary, one day water themed event where kids apply their knowledge of the water education they have learned in their classrooms.
The first Big Sioux Water Festival was held on the campus of South Dakota State University in 1993. It was a collaboration between the manager of the Eastern Dakota Conservancy District (aka East Dakota Water Development District) and a professor from the University. For many years our event was attended by 4th grade classrooms across eastern South Dakota. With the recent shift in science standards, we now have about 1,100 fifth grade students attending our event annually.

Selected as a National Model Festival
Largest one day, all day festival in South Dakota
Presenters from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, & Nebraska
30+ indoor & outdoor presentations
More than 200 volunteers
Festival Facts:
The 2023 Big Sioux Water Festival will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 on the campus of South Dakota State University.
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