Vermillion Jaycees to host ‘Ribs, Rods and Rock ‘n Roll’

Vermillion Jaycees to host 'Ribs, Rods and Rock 'n Roll' Labor Day weekend in Vermillion will have something for everyone

If you haven�t heard the buzz around Vermillion, the Jaycees are organizing a two-day Labor Day celebration featuring �Ribs, Rods and Rock �n Roll.�

The event, called Spirit of Vermillion Days, will be held downtown Vermillion and includes a street dance, a car show, poker run and an amateur BBQ cook-off. The events have been scheduled in coordination with The Great Dakota Winefest in hopes of boosting community participation in a weekend-long community celebration.

�Our goal is to create a signature event to bring people together,� said an organizer, Marcia Harnois, who joined the Jaycees last November to get involved in the community and meet other Vermillion residents.

�The members of the Vermillion city council, as well as local merchants have been very supportive in what we are trying to accomplish,� said Jaycee President Jody Harnois. �We hope this will be a good way to promote the community and what Vermillion has to offer.�

Harnois said the event began with an initial visit with Eldon Nygaard, owner of the Buffalo Run Winery, when the Jaycees presented a plan to run a community event in conjunction with Winefest. Events at the Buffalo Run Resort and Winery feature live bands, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, grape-stomping and much more.

The highlight of the weekend is a street dance, including a beer garden, scheduled for Saturday night. The Judd Hoos, based out of Rapid City and Sioux Falls, are scheduled to play for the street dance, rain or shine.

�In addition to having a fun weekend with friends, we also hope the weekend�s events help other people get involved in their community,� said Tammy Davis, who is a past Jaycee chapter president.

Saturday morning, the Jaycees and the Lane Hogs Cycle Club will also host a charity bike ride for the Dakota Muscular Sclerosis Society, getting back to Vermillion in time for the USD home football game against Truman State at 2 p.m.

Sunday will be another day to come check out the events in downtown Vermillion. The day begins with a car show at noon, hosted by the Dakota Classic Cruisers, followed by a poker run at 3 p.m.

You may also catch the aroma of charcoal or corncobs on a barbecue grill. The Jaycees are hosting an amateur barbecue cook-off, open to any �backyard barbecue� enthusiast. The overall grand prize winner will take home prize money and a brand new propane grill, donated by Jones� Ace Hardware.

The cook-off starts at noon and rib feed starts at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the cook-off can pick up a registration form at Jones� Ace Hardware. Paul Bliss of Vermillion is the chairman for this event.

The weekend will wrap up on Monday with a golf tournament at The Bluffs Golf Course.

The Jaycee (Junior Chamber) organization ia a community-based group, open to anyone age 18-41, who is interested in leadership development, community involve-ment, personal growth and making friends and would welcome the energy of anyone who would like to get involved with any of these events. You may call Secretary Jen Hovland at 624-5900 for further information. More information on the weekend events is available on the Vermillion Chamber Web site at

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