Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce &Development Company 906 E Cherry St., Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571 Chamber Business: Our new Web site has launched!  This new and improved version of our Web site will offer Vermillion area visitors and potential customers better access to your goods and services.  Check it out at!  This Weeks Happenings! Clay County Fair & Achievement Days is Aug. 13-15. There is something for everyone including a Demolition Derby, ATV races, kids' crafts & games, water fights, car show, live entertainment and much more! Check it out at 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. Vermillion Sesquicentennial Exhibit, located on the second floor of the University Libraries, will be on display through the month of August. Materials from the USD Archives and Special Collections will be featured.  Next Weeks Happenings! Second Annual Hy-Vee Scramble for SESDAC is Aug. 17, noon registration with a 1 p.m. shotgun 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. Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! Middle School Open House, Monday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. An Ice Cream Social hosted by the Catholic Daughters will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes. Bull-A-Rama is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-30. There will be bulls, bull fighters, clowns, bull riders and more at the Clay County Park Rodeo Grounds! Eagles Catfish Tournament on the Missouri is Saturday, Aug., 29. Two-man team is $30.  For more information and to sign up before Aug. 24, please call 605-624-9934 or stop at the Eagles at 114 W. Main St. Great Dakota Wine Fest is at Buffalo Run Resort/Valiant Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 & 30.  Live music, wine tasting and more! 5KRun/Walk for Nikki's Fund, hosted by USD, Sanford Vermillion-Student Health Services and Community Suicide Prevention Partners in support of Nikki's Fund and to raise suicide awareness will be Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. beginning at Prentis Park.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. on site or you can register at Monarch Migration is Thursday, Sept. 10 at Spirit Mound, at 6:30 p.m. Monarch butterflies make an incredible journey to Mexico in the fall. Participants will learn about Monarchs' migration pattern and help with the research project along the meandering trail to the summit of Spirit Mound, six miles north of Vermillion on Hwy 19. It's free and fun for the whole family! For more information go to or call 605-232-0873. Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll  will take place Sept. 11 & 12 in Vermillion. Volunteers are also still needed so if you or your group would like to help plan, coordinate or work the day of the event, they could use your help! Visit for more information or call Jody at 605-359-3154. Vermillion's City Wide Rummage Sale will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19. 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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