Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company 906 E Cherry St., Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571   Chamber Business: Main Street Suites & Gallery, located at 7 1/2 E. Main St., will be having a ribbon cutting on Friday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m.  Following the ribbon cutting from 5 to 7 p.m. will be a photographic exhibition, "Dakota Spirit Diminished," by Joshua Sean.  Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.  Please plan to attend and support Vermillion local businesses!   Vermillion Sesquicentennial Events 2009! The Main Sesquicentennial Celebration dates are Aug. 6-9: Thursday, Aug. 6: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Self guided tours of the new Muenster University Center. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. – Tours of the new USD Medical School. 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Tours of the new City Hall at 25 Center St. 4:30 to 7 p.m. – Free Community BBQ in Prentis Park.  Pork loin meal with 150th birthday cake. Everyone welcome! 7:30 p.m. – Ratingen Youth Wind Orchestra from Sister City Ratingen, Germany will perform a free public band concert at the Vermillion High School. Friday, Aug. 7: 12 to 3 p.m. – University High School will meet for a luncheon at the Vermillion Public Library. 1 to 5 p.m. – All School Reunion Reception at the VHS Commons.  Members of VHS Show Choir "Rhythm in Red" will be available to give tours of VHS. Various individual VHS class gatherings will be held around the community and at the Eagles Club in the evening. Saturday, Aug. 8: 9 a.m. -5K Fun Run/Walk starts at Prentis Park.  Proceeds donated to the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation.  For more information please contact Alli Hensley Zens at 763-355-9356, vermillion5K@ or go to 9 a.m. to noon – Young Eagle Airplane rides at the Vermillion Airport. Free for ages 7 to 17 with parent permission. 10 a.m. – Sesquicentennial Parade at Downtown Vermillion. 2 to 4 p.m. –Vermillion Cemetery Association Open House at the "Little Red Chapel" at Bluff View Cemetery. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. – All School Reunion Dance at Vermillion High School.  VHS "Rhythm in Red" will host a refreshment area. Sunday, Aug. 9: 8 a.m. to noon – Fly-in Breakfast at Vermillion Airport.  The Lions Club will be serving pancakes for a donation to the Senior Citizens Center. 9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the new concrete airport runway.  The new runway will be dedicated in honor of current airport manager and long time Vermillion and USD pilot Denny Martens. 9:59 a.m. –Fighter jets, SD Air National Guard 114th Fighter Wing Flyover at Vermillion Airport. 10 to 11 a.m. – Free Air Show with aerobatic pilots and maneuvers at Vermillion Airport. 1 to 3 p.m. – Vermillion Cemetery Association Open House at the "Little Red Chapel" at Bluff View Cemetery. 7 p.m. – A Celebration of our Spiritual Heritage – Free Ecumenical Concert and Worship Service at Vermillion High School.   This Weeks Happenings! • Vermillion Teeners, District 1A Championships are Monday – Saturday, July 27 – Aug. 1 at Prentis Park. • Screening for Life will be at the Sanford Clinic Vermillion on 20 S. Plum St., on Thursday,  July 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday, July 31 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Cancer screenings, blood pressure checks, health education booths, door prizes, refreshments and more!  To schedule an appointment or for more information call 605-638-8479. •  "Travelers' Breakfast," a benefit for the W.H. Over Museum served by the Vermillion Lions Club, will be at the I-29 Rest Area on July 30 & 31 and Aug. 1 & 2 from 7 a.m. until noon each day.  Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice will be served.  Free will donation. This is the fifth year that the Lions have sponsored this fun, fund-raising event for the W.H. Over Museum, the oldest museum in the state of SD. • South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, presented by the USD Music Department will culminate in two performances of staged scenes from some of the world's most famous operas, operettas and musicals.  These performances are at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center.  For more information please visit  Free and open to the public. • Prints from the Frogman Press Summer Workshops featuring printmaking techniques by 18 various artists along with showings by Nancy Losacker featuring "Mosaic Mirrors" and Anthony Millette featuring "More Pots" are now on exhibit at The Coffee Shop Gallery and Shel's Lebanese Lunch on Main St. through July. • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is once again hosting "bikeMS: Pedal the Plains" on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.  The two-day, 150 mile ride will take participants from Sioux Falls to Vermillion and back.  On Saturday, the day-one finish line is on the campus of USD.  Approximately 150-175 participants will overnight at local hotels and in the USD dorms.  For more information please call 605-336-7017 or go to   Next Weeks Happenings! • Coyote Kick-Off Auction & Dinner  party is Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls.  The social begins at 5:30 p.m. and a tailgate-style buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program and live auction.  All proceeds will support the Howling Pack which provides USD student-athletes with scholarships. To register log onto  Please contact Mark Maturi at 605-624-5712 or for more information. • National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature "Professors Polka Party," a selection of professional friends from the USD Department of Music from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7.  Free and open to the public.   Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! • Senior Center 40th Anniversary Open House is Wednesday, Aug. 12  from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center at 320 W. Main St.  Open to the public! • Clay County Fair & Achievement Days is Aug. 13-15.  The fair kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.  There is something for everyone including a Demolition Derby, ATV races, kid's crafts & games, water fights, car show, live entertainment and much more!  Check it out at • Youth Concert Night, with free music, pizza and pop for high schoolers is at the Grace Baptist Church (across from VHS) on Friday, Aug. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. • The 12th Annual Big Friend-Little Friend bike ride to raise funds for their Youth Mentoring Program is Saturday, Aug. 15 at the former National Guard Armory in Elk Point.  Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the bike ride itself will take off at 9 a.m.  For more information please call John or Juli at 605-356-2571 or 605-421-5050.  Volunteers are also needed to help with this event. • Second Annual Hy-Vee Scramble for SESDAC is Aug. 17, noon registration with a 1 p.m. shot gun start.  Four person best shot at The Bluffs Golf Course.  Reserve your team early, this will sell out fast!  Payouts to three flights, tournament champion team wins $400. Last year this event raised over $15,300 for the SESDAC Foundation.  Corporate sponsors are Hy-Vee, Budweiser, KVHT and The Broadcaster Press. • Bull-A-Rama, at the Clay County Park Rodeo Grounds is Aug. 28-30. • Great Dakota Wine Fest is at Buffalo Run Resort/Valiant Vineyards on Aug. 29 & 30.   Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat? If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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