Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce
& Development Company
116 Market Street, Suite 103
Vermillion, SD 57069
Chamber Business:
Attention Chamber Members!  If you serve the USD student community please join us for the Coyote Bash Monday, Aug. 30 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Downtown Vermillion, between Court & Market Streets. The Coyote Bash is a partnership between the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Dakota which introduces incoming freshmen to the product and service offerings of the community.  Making the students aware of all we have to offer improves retention, maintains a strong customer base and keeps retail spending local.  Don't miss this great opportunity to build loyalty and a relationship with your customers from day one by setting up a table to introduce and promote your business to the new students.  For more information please call Ann at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co. or

Business After Hours hosted by Chaney CorInsurance and CorTrust Bank, 101 W. Main St., will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Business After Hours:  Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your business and network with your peers?  Sign up to host a Business After Hours event!  These events generally run from 5 to 7 p.m. on a weeknight and the hosting business provides hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  If interested, please contact Ann at: or at 624-5571.

This Week's Happenings:
Citizens Academy: The City of Vermillion is offering a second Citizens Academy class for all Vermillion residents over the age of 18.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into city services and the functions of city departments. The sessions will be once a week for eight weeks starting Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The sessions will be held at City Hall or at the different department sites. The Citizens Academy allows Vermillion residents to get a behind the scenes look at how our city government operates.  If interested please contact Evie at 677-7159 or

Tanager Booster Bash: Friday, Aug. 20 the Vermillion Athletic Booster Board will be hosting a hog roast to kick off the upcoming school year and the fall sports season. The event will start off with a volleyball scrimmage in the high school gym, a tennis scrimmage on the high school tennis courts and a soccer scrimmage on the soccer field at 4:30 p.m. Food will be served from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at the high school football field with a free will offering. The coaches will give previews for the upcoming seasons. The evening will be capped off with a football scrimmage and halftime performance from the dance team. This event is open to the public.

Yankton Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival in Riverside Park Aug. 20-22. For more information, visit

Girls Tennis at Yankton High School Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m.

Vermillion Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to noon in the public plaza (Main & Market St.) every Saturday through the end of September (except Sept. 11, when Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll will be there).

Big Friend-Little Friend of Union Co., Inc. Heritage Ride 2010 – Elk Point Saturday, Aug. 21. Register at Cody's Homestead parking lot starting at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast available from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Bike ride starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at Cody's.  Bicycle helmets are required. Pre-registration waiver forms available at VCDC. Contact John Gille for additional information: 605-356-2571 or 605-421-5050 (cell); or Order tee shirts by Aug. 4.  Bike ride only – $12; bike ride, lunch and tee shirt – $23; bike ride and lunch – $15; bike ride and tee shirt only – $16. Proceeds help youth mentoring in Clay and Union counties.


The Downtown Vermillion Action Team (DVAT) $100 Gas Card Raffle – $1 for a chance to win $100 gas card. Two $100 gas cards will be raffled; tickets can be purchased from DVAT members and at the following downtown businesses: Nook 'n Cranny, Pressing Matters, Heart and Soul Fitness, Scoops, Sharing the Dream, and Raziels. Proceeds will support community projects taking place in Downtown Vermillion. Drawing to be held by the big tent at the Ribs, Rods, & Rock'n Roll event on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4:15 p.m. Need not be present to win. For more information, visit:

Next Week's Happenings:

Vermillion Middle School Open House Monday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

Girls Tennis at Mitchell High School Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Community Welcome Picnic: Join Dakota Hospital Foundation in welcoming Dr. Stephen Njagi and Dr. Anastasia (Stacy) Searcy to Vermillion Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School (note change of location). Bring the entire family to enjoy the music, picnic meal, SCOOPS Ice cream, and fun games (inflatables, balloon animals, Plinko, Fish Pond). Dr. Njagi and Dr. Searcy, Family Medicine providers, have joined the medical staff at Sanford Clinic Vermillion.

Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Auditorium. Free will offering. Proceeds go to St. Agnes School.

Join Raziel's for their Wine Tasting event on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. An array of wines will be available to sample along with hors d'oeuvres! Please call Raziel's at 624-9696 for more information.

Boys Golf at Sioux Falls Christian High School Thursday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.

Vermillion Farmers Market Thursday, Aug. 26, 3 to 7 p.m. on corner of Cherry & High streets.

Thursdays on the Plaza/Summer Concert Series 2010 in downtown Vermillion Thursday, Aug. 26 at Ratingen Platz (corner of Main & Market streets) from 5 to 8 p.m. Live music by Paradise Fears and Mike & Jay. Beverages will be on sale and you are encouraged to stop by your favorite restaurant to pick up a 'Picnic Plate.' Everyone is welcome!  Sponsored by the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co., First Dakota National Bank, CorTrust Bank, Bank of the West, First Bank & Trust, and Wells Fargo Bank.

United Way of Vermillion annual Kick Off BBQ Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Thursdays on the Plaza event. Join us at Ratingen Platz (corner of Market and Main streets) and enjoy a delicious BBQ and entertainment! Tickets for the BBQ can be purchased from any United Way board member or at Hy-Vee's service counter and Bank of the West.  *In case of rain the BBQ will be held at Eagles.

Cross Country at Beresford High School Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

Football at Lennox High School Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Bull-A-Rama Friday, Aug 27 – Unloading of the bucking bulls at the Clay Co. Rodeo Arena (2 miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road) at 7 p.m. and hog roast for general public ($5 donation).

Saturday, Aug. 28 – 11 to 1 p.m. at Hy-Vee parking lot:  Registration for mutton busting & steer riding; promotional events including bulls, bull riders, rodeo clowns, giveaways, pre-sale tickets, Miss Rachel Kelderman, Miss 2010 NFPB (Nat'l. Federation of Professional Bull Riders) and horse rides.

7 p.m. at Clay Co. Rodeo Arena – Bull-A-Rama, mutton busting, sanctioned Extreme Bullriding Tour, candy toss, steer riding. Open class bull riding. Evening ends with fireworks display by Fireworks Unlimited and a dance with live music by the Riata Band.

Sunday, Aug. 29 – 9 a.m. Cowboy church at Clay County Rodeo Arena; 11 a.m. – trail ride from rodeo grounds with free will donation lunch. For additional information, contact Linda Hawley, 605-202-0194.

Vermillion Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to noon in the public plaza (Main & Market streets) every Saturday through the end of September (except Sept. 11, when Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll will be there).

Muenster Center to host USD Move-In Day Welcome Party with a vendor fair in the Muenster Center Ballroom Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Jill Ward at or 677-5398 to reserve a vendor table.

Great Dakota Wine Festival, Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29 at Valiant Vineyards/Buffalo Run Resort. There will be live music, grape stomps, wine and spirit tasting, food booths, craft booths, SD made vendors, cooking demonstrations and an amateur winemaking contest!  For more information go to Everyone welcome!

Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!

Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Care Center dining room at 125 Walker St.

Monarch Migration Walk in the Park at Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ribs, Rods & Rock'n Roll, the "Sixth Annual State BBQ Championship Cook-Off," is Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11. Enjoy two big days of world-class BBQ ribs, food vendors, classic cars, street dance, beverage garden, arts and craft booths, kids entertainment and a smokin' music-fest in Vermillion's Historic Downtown. For more information visit or call 605-624-5571.

2010 Nikki's Fund 5K Run/Walk – Sept. 11, 2010 at 9 a.m. in Prentis Park. This event is in honor of Nikki Harris, and all of those that have been affected by suicide/depression.  Nikki's Fund was started by Nikki's mother, Janine Harris, who lost her daughter to suicide. Since then she has been on a mission to promote Suicide Prevention Awareness to USD, the Vermillion community, and other surrounding communities. The goal of Nikki's Fund is to raise money for students that cannot afford medicine while battling depression and other health issues, and promoting suicide prevention. Contact Janine Harris at 677-5424 or Janine.harris@usd.eduor go to to register.

Vermillion Citywide Rummage Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-19. For more information please call 624-4429.

Girl Scouts on the Run 5K Walk and Run on Sept. 18, 2010 including a shorter children's run. This fund raiser event for Girl Scouts will start at 9 a.m. at Prentis Park at the south shelter. For more information, contact Mary Edelen, 624-4760.

Megan O'Connor 1 Mile Family Fun Walk/5k Run Sunday, Sept. 19 at Vermillion National Guard Armory at 2 p.m. Memorial scholarship/Gastric cancer awareness.  T-shirt, prizes, food. $20 entry.
One Book South Dakota Sunday, Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. with discussion led by Jamie Sullivan of Mount Marty College. Vermillion Public Library will again be offering patrons the opportunity to participate in One Book South Dakota, a program begun in 2003 that encourages people from across the state to read and discuss the same book.  This year, participants will be reading and discussing What is the What by Dave Eggers.  Sign up for the program and check out a copy of What is the What at the Vermillion Public Library circulation desk.

On Sunday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m.,  the Vermillion Public Library will host a One Book South Dakota Movie Showing of God Grew Tired of Us, a documentary related to the One Book SD selection, What is the What.  Jamie Sullivan from Mt. Marty College will be on hand to facilitate a discussion. Free.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 26 at the DakotaDome.

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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