Folk Off Adds Barbeque And A New Financial Recipient

Don South donates BBQ proceeds to The Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire

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The sky looked ominous above Strawbale Winery in Renner.

However, here on the ground, wine, beer and barbecue would not make people surrender to Mother Nature’s will.

The Folk Off was back yet again with great music and great friends, and while the rain caused organizers to turn off the mics, there was still plenty to enjoy.

Local barbecue vendors served pulled pork in an effort to win the coveted pig trophy and a cash prize. 

But beyond the local breweries and rich-aged wine was an opportunity, Don South saw to give back.

“It’s a fundraiser we are doing for the boys and girls club of Sioux Falls,” says South, “it’s very important to us.”

Even with the rain it hasn’t dampened local spirits – all here to raise money for a great cause.

The Boys and Girls Club is not the first organization to benefit from the Folk Off. Amy Sumner with The Boys and Girls Club says that this will make number two.

“The folk off has always benefited the friends of traditional music and then this year, when they added the rib challenge they added the boys and girls club as the recipient of the funds from the rib challenge,” said Sumner.

A big reason Sumner, believes, kept people here. Even with the rain.

Two great causes that all will benefit from barbeque stained tee shirts and stained wine glasses.

Squealer’s Smoke Shack won the People’s Choice Award for best BBQ. The winning music act will open the Sioux River Folk Festival next weekend at Newton Hills.