Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat By the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce/Development Company Eighth Annual Big Friends-Little Friends Bike Ride

The Big Friends-Little Friends program in Clay and Union County is hosting its eighth annual bike ride, and second annual 5K and 10K walk/run on Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Elk Point. The bike route features routes from eight to 58 miles, all on blacktop, as well as a great route for the runners and walkers.

Registration forms are available at Albrecht�s, Bill�s in Jefferson, Whimp�s, and many other locations in Elk Point and Vermillion. A variety of options are available for those who participate.

Call John Gille at 1-605-356-2571 for more details and to request a registration form. All proceeds support the youth mentoring program and its continued growth.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

The Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company, along with area merchants, will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at Vermillion High School on Monday, Aug. 22 beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Merchants � if you are interested in helping with this event, please be at VHS for set up at 7:45 a.m. This event is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and staff, to wish them the best as they start off the school year, and to show our thanks and appreciation for all they do for our community and for our children.

Sixth Annual Lewis &

Clark Celebration

Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at the W.H. Over Museum. Walk or ride to Spirit Mound, craft vendors, traders, Indian tacos, exhibition dancing, children games, buffalo burgers, and traditional soup supper. Stop in to the W.H. Over and find something for everyone to enjoy! For more information contact the W.H. Over Museum at 677-5228.

12th Annual

Bull-a-Rama

Friday, Aug. 26

7 p.m. � Unloading of the bulls at Clay County Rodeo Grounds. Free admission. Food and beverages will be for sale by the Jaycees.

Saturday, Aug. 27

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. � Bull Stops Here! at Pump �n Pak. Free admission. There will be bulls, bull fighters, clowns, bull riders, horse rides, mutton busting registration, raffles, and art displays/sales by western artist Ray Kelly.

7 p.m. � Bull-a-Rama event followed by a dance at the Clay County Rodeo Grounds. Adult tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 in advance; Senior citizens� tickets are $8; children�s tickets ages 7-12 are $6; Children age 6 and under are free. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee Food Store, Pump �n Pak, Jones� Food Center, and the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company.

Sunday, Aug. 28

11 a.m. � Trail ride along the Missouri River followed by a lunch. Free-will donation.

Second Annual Great

Dakota Wine Festival

Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 at Valiant Vineyards Winery. Event will feature live bands, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, and many other events throughout the community.

For more information, or to purchase a $15 two-day pass, contact Valiant Vineyards Winery at 624-4500. If you would like to volunteer a couple hours of your time to help out with this excellent event please contact the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company at 624-5571.

Saturday, Sept. 3

10 a.m. � Gates open at the winery.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. � Grape stomp/picture on a bottle.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. � South Dakota food vendors booths and South Dakota made products vendors booths open at the winery.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. � Taste and buy wines from three South Dakota wineries at the winery.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. � Poker Alice Band at the winery bandstand.

12 p.m. � Cooking with Wine � �Stuffed Mushrooms� demonstrations at winery.

2 p.m. � Cooking with Wine � �Goat Cheese Souffl� demonstrations at winery.

2 p.m � USD Football Game vs. Truman State at DakotaDome.

2 to 3:30 p.m. � T. Wilson King at the winery bandstand.

4 p.m. � Sangria demonstrations.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. � Quartets at the winery.

6 to 8 p.m. � Rude Awakening at the winery bandstand.

Sunday, Sept. 4

10 a.m. � Gates open at the winery.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. � Grape stomp/picture on a bottle.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. � South Dakota food vendors booths and South Dakota made products vendors booths open at the winery.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. � Taste and buy wines from three South Dakota wineries at the winery.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. � Poker Alice Band at the winery bandstand.

12 p.m. � Cooking with Wine � �Grilled Cornish Hen w/Cucumber Salad� demonstrations at the winery.

1 to 2:30 p.m � T. Wilson King at the winery bandstand.

2 p.m � Cooking with Wine � �Raspberry Sin Panna Cotta� demonstrations at the winery.

3 to 5 p.m. � Rude Awakening at the winery bandstand.

Lewis & Clark Spirit Mound 10K/5K

Charity Run

In support of the W.H. Over Museum, Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m. at the corner parking lot of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 19. Pick up packet information at the W.H. Over Museum on Friday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or register in advance online at www.AllSportCentral.com.

The Spirit Mound 10K will end at the base of Spirit Mound which is sacred Native American land. Proceeds will benefit the W.H. Over Museum and participants, friends and family can participate in the smudging ceremony conducted by Native Joe Oakie. The smudging ceremony is a Native American ritual which will protect climbers from the spirits who are said to inhabit Spirit Mound.

The W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion preserves and interprets the heritage of South Dakota, using exhibits of nature and history to benefit and enlighten present and future generations. It is fully operated and funded by the Friends of the W.H.Over Museum who are responsible for all aspects of the museum.

The 10K run/walk begins at the corner of Hwys. 50 and 19, going north on Hwy. 19. The course runs north for five miles with a turn around which will then take you to the Spirit Mound parking lot. The course is on a newly paved highway and is slightly challenging to make it interesting, with a beautiful view of the South Dakota prairie. The 5K run/walk will begin and end at Spirit Mound.

For more information contact Judy Clark at 624-9795 or register online at www.AllSportCentral.com.

First Annual Spirit of

Vermillion Days

Saturday, Sept. 3

7:30 to 8:15 a.m. � Bike ride registration. For more information contact Kevin Brady at 624-5123. Participants can register on site or in advance at www.vermillionrides.org.

9 a.m. � Bike ride begins.

8 p.m. to 12 a.m. � Street dance with beer garden featuring Judd Hoos � downtown on Center Street.

Sunday, Sept. 4

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. � Registration for BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show � Downtown Historical Main Street.

Noon to 3 p.m. � Car Show � Downtown Historical Main Street.

Noon to 6 p.m. � BBQ Cook-Off � downtown on Center Street.

3 to 6 p.m. � Poker Run.

6 p.m. � Rib Feed, BBQ Cook-Off, and Poker Run awards � Downtown Historical Main Street.

Monday, Sept. 5

Golf tournament at The Bluffs Golf Course. For more information contact The Bluffs at 677-7058.

This event is sponsored by the Vermillion Jaycees. For more information please contact Jody Harnois at 624-4513 or Jason Larson at 624-9400.

USD Career

Development Center Part Time Job Fair

Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Coyote Student Center Rushmore Rooms. Free to both employers and students. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Career Development Center at 677-5307 to register.

Farewell, Heidi

Open house reception for Heidi Peterson, Thursday, Aug. 25, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles.

Please join us in thanking Heidi for her years of service to the community and wish her the best as she pursues new opportunities upon her move to Brookings!

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