With fertile soil and wide-open spaces, the state of South Dakota has attracted people for centuries. In the early 1800s, the Sioux Indians dominated the area, but the discovery of gold led to a rush of settlers. Today, the people of South Dakota are accustomed to their rural lifestyle, but visitors won't have to look too hard to find things to do in the state's cities. Art festivals, theater events and music-themed gatherings are just some of the many events that dot South Dakota's cultural calendar.
Music is a big part of life in Sioux Falls. Each year, the city hosts the Festival of the Bands. This event draws competitors from high school marching bands all across the Midwest.