Annual Regional Convention - "Let Freedom Sing"

April 2-5, 2020                                   

Rapid City, SD


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Headquarters Hotel:   Best Western Ramkota       Contest Venue:   Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2111 N Lacrosse St. 444 N Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57701 Rapid City, SD 57701
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As many of you have seen via email this afternoon (3/12), Sweet Adelines International has made the difficult decision to cancel all Regional contests for 2020 as a result of COVID-19 health concerns. Please know we are as disappointed as all of you are at this turn of events.


The Regional Management Team (RMT) met with the Chair of the Regional Convention (CRC) and the Competition Coordinator (CC) to discuss the steps that we need to take to officially cancel the Region 8 Contest in Rapid City, SD. Here is some important info about next steps in this process:


- All hotel reservations at the Best Western Ramkota have been cancelled for you and there will be no cancellation fees. There is no need to call the Best Western Ramkota to cancel your reservation.


- If you had an extended stay planned and are still planning to go to Rapid City, you will need to re-book your reservation with the hotel.


- Any hotel reservations that were made at another hotel other than the Best Western Ramkota are still booked and you WILL need to cancel the reservation if you are not planning to go to Rapid City.


- Refunds will be made in the form of payment received for Friday Chorus Rehearsals, digital recordings, and any dinner buffet payments already made to the region.


- If your chorus has NOT sent in money for the dinner buffet, please DO NOT send it in and refund your members the best way you see fit.


- For any charm orders, we will be talking to the manufacturer and have more info on refunds soon.


- Video Submissions – Sweet Adelines International is working on the details for the video submission process. As soon as we have any info on the process, timing, criteria, etc. we will let you know.


- For those choruses that were required to compete this year in order to comply with the 3-year competition policy, you will have an extra year to fulfill this requirement.


Please read through the preliminary FAQs that SA has put together. You can find them HERE.


The Convention Steering Committee (CSC) and the RMT are in constant communication with Sweet Adelines International to make this process a bit easier for everyone. Please stay tuned for further communication. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your loved ones!


Thank you for your patience!

Region 8 Management Team



Registration Dates & Deadlines

  • December 20, 2019 -- SAI competition info available
  • January 5, 2020 -- Region 8 Forms posted
  • January 15, 2020 -- Last Day to register as a Quartet with SAI to avoid penalty
  • February 3 & 4, 2020 -- SAI Entry Deadline -- 2/3 for quartets, 2/4 for choruses
  • February 7, 2020 -- Region 8 AET / Info Forms Deadlines
  • February 10, 2020 -- Draw for Order of Appearance
  • February 17, 2020 -- Hotel Reservation Deadline
  • February 18, 2020 -- Late SAI Entry Deadline
  • March 15, 2020 -- Charm & "Regional Awards Dinner" Buffet Deadline
  • April 2, 2020 -- Open Division Cue Sheets due (Choruses & Quartets - bring TWO copies)





Important Information (these will show as links as the information becomes available)

Convention Steering Committee 2019-20        Bulletin #1 - 11/9/19
Queen of Hearts Nomination - PDF / WORD Bulletin #2 - 1/5/20
Queen of Hearts Previous Winners (ineligible for 2020 award) Bulletin #3 - 3/2/20
QUARTET Order of Appearance *
CHORUS Order of Appearance *
      * Note: These may change if there are late registrants or withdraws
Convention Schedule
Full Program (to print at home if you want space to write!)




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