Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company 906 E Cherry St., Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571 vcdc@vermillionchamber.com www.vermillionchamber.com   Chamber Business: Are you or your business interested in volunteering at the community bbq at this year's Clay County Fair?  This is a great opportunity to promote your business and show your community pride.  If you are interested please contact Carly at the VCDC at 624-5571. Our new Web site has launched!  This new and improved version of our website will offer Vermillion area visitors and potential customers better access to your goods and services.  Check it out at www.vermillionchamber.com! 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. 0:30 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@ yahoo.com or go to http://allsportcentral.com/. 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! 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. Come join Chonita and Diana from Guatemala at Sharing the Dream on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. for tortilla making demonstrations and from 3 to 5 p.m. for back strap weaving demonstrations. Next Weeks Happenings! 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 and games, water fights, car show, live entertainment and much more!  Check it out at www.claycountyfair.net. Youth Concert Night, with free music, pizza and pop for highschoolers is at the Grace Baptist Church (across from VHS) on Thursday, Aug. 13 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.   Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! 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 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! Great Dakota Wine Fest is at Buffalo Run Resort/Valiant Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 & 30.  Live music, wine tasting and more! 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 Monarch's 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 www.sdparks.info 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 www.sdbbqchampionship.com for more information or call Jody at 605-359-3154. Vermillion's City Wide Rummage Sale will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 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 vcdc@vermillionchamber.com.

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