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 at the Buffalo Run Winery 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, a member of the local Jaycee chapter.
"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."
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.
Local Jaycees hope that, in addition to having a fun weekend with friends, local citizens will also see the weekend's events as a way to help them get involved in their community.
There are several activities planned at the winery Saturday morning, including a grape stomp, an opportunity for visitors to purchase South Dakota-made products, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations and live music.
A motorcycle poker run will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., followed by the Judd Hoos concert in downtown Vermillion at 8 p.m.
Sunday will be another day to come check out the events in downtown Vermillion. The day begins with a Lions Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon, at the winery, and a repeat of Saturday's activities there.
Food vendors and music also will be present in downtown Vermillion all day Sunday.
From noon to 3 p.m., a car show will be held on Vermillion's Main Street. Entertainment will be provided by Open Mike's and Mike's All Stars from 5 to 7 p.m. downtown 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, from noon to 7 p.m. downtown.
The Jaycee (Junior Chamber) organization is a community-based group, open to anyone age 18-41, who is interested in leadership development, community involvement, personal growth and making friends and would welcome the energy of anyone who would like to get involved with any of these events.