Fun Run part of Westreville Festival

Come to the country! The Westreville Festival, featuring a non-competitive Fun Run will be held in historic Westreville, on Saturday morning, June 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Westreville is located at 308th Street and Frog Creek Roads about 15 miles northwest of Vermillion and 10 miles southwest of Wakonda. The Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church serves as the hub for this once-upon-a-time town. The Fun Run will raise funds to develop a historical marker for the area and to help fund a local scholarship for Irene-Wakonda High School seniors in honor of the four Eckert children who lost their lives in a house fire in 2005.

A two-, four-, or six-mile course can be chosen, and participants can either run, walk, or use a mountain bike. The course travels on country gravel roads through the best unknown jewels of Westreville with breath taking hills, historic barns and groomed cemeteries. This is an event with options for everyone. The course follows mile sections around the pastoral countryside with running, biking, and walking options.

All of the events will begin and end at the Pleasant Valley Church. The hills are located after the two-mile point is reached and at the end of the course as you head west toward the Pleasant Valley cemetery. A water station will be located at the Mortvedt and Pleasant Valley cemeteries. First Aid station will be at the Pleasant Valley Church. The course will be marked. Use caution when crossing Frog Creek Road at the beginning and middle of the course.

Participants can choose to walk to the two historic cemeteries in the neighborhood. The Pleasant Valley cemetery is about a quarter mile on a flat paved road from the Pleasant Valley Church. The Mortvedt cemetery is one mile further from the Pleasant Valley cemetery and on a country gravel road. The Clay County Historic Cemetery Books put together by Nancy Carlsen will be available for viewing in the basement of the church.

Don't miss out on the hospitality of the Women of the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church as they serve pie, sweets and coffee beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be farm-themed children's activities beginning at 10:15 a.m. The Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church is located at 45918 308th St. and is the location for all activities.

Interested persons can pre-register for the event and secure a commemorative T-shirt by sending $10 to Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, 45918 308th St., Vermillion, SD 57069 by May 25. Checks can be made out to the Eckert Children Scholarship Fund. Please indicate which event you are interested in and T-shirt size. Registration can be done on the day of the event beginning at 8:15 a.m. T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $10. The festival will conclude by 11:30 a.m. that morning.

More information can be found at the website:, or by calling Grace Freeman at 670-0540, or e-mailing at

Volunteers are needed to assist with the events. Areas especially needing help: check-in, water/refreshment stations, sag wagon crew, course set-up and take down, and with children's activities. If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail or call Grace Freeman at: 670-0540, or

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