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Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069


Chamber Business:

The Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 22-23.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony, Business After Hours and Open House Celebration at Cedar County Veterinary Services, 906 E. Cherry St., Thursday, Nov. 29. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 2 p.m. and the Business After Hours and Open House Celebration will be from 1-8 p.m. Please join us to make new contacts and meet the Doctors and staff! Cookies and refreshments will be served, along with a Scavenger Hunt Quiz, a "Reindeer" visit, Santa pet pictures, Heartland Humane Society Gift Tree, decorate stockings and ornaments for your pet, demonstrations and door prizes.

Business After Hours hosted by USD Alumni Association at Carey's, 18 W. Main St., Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. Please join us to make new contacts, socialize, find out what the USD Alumni Association is all about, and view "Pride, Persistence and Progress" the 150-year history of the University of South Dakota by Ann Grauvogl. Cold refreshments and a slice of R-Pizza will be served. Please RSVP at or call 677-6734 by Nov. 30.

The Special Events Committee for the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) is sponsoring the fourth annual "Parade of Lights" in downtown Vermillion on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Vermillion area merchants, businesses, schools and organizations are encouraged to put together a float for the parade. The theme is "The Spirit of Christmas," so get your creativity flowing and enter! Entry forms can be found on the VCDC Web site,, or at the Chamber office at 116 Market St. A trophy and $25 in Vermillion Bucks will be awarded to the winner. Deadline to enter is Dec. 3. Inverters to plug lights into your vehicles are available at Dakota PC Warehouse.

At the end of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the community Christmas Tree at Ratingen Platz on Market and Main streets. After the tree lighting, children and parents are invited to the Clay County Court House basement for "Stockings for Soldiers," an opportunity to make a free ornament to take home, and to decorate a stocking for a soldier serving overseas, sponsored by the Vermillion Public Library. (Due to the Library renovation, the craft will be held in the Court House basement.)

Children up to the age of 12 are encouraged to enter a coloring contest for a chance to have "Lunch with Santa" on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at HyVee and meet him before Christmas. Coloring pages will be available at the public schools, HyVee and the VCDC office at 116 Market St. The coloring entries must be received by Nov. 20.

Also on Saturday, December 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., free pictures with Santa will be available at HyVee.

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


Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals for Dakota Senior Meals on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in volunteering or if you are with a community organization that might be interested in supplying volunteers, call Verna at Dakota Senior Meals at 624-7868.

Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF) Wreath Decorating Contest. Participants may submit a live or artificial wreath up to 26-inch in diameter decorated to your personal style or theme of choice. Vermillion Bucks prizes for Individual, Business and Best of Show. Decorated wreaths with completed Wreath Contest registration form must be submitted on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (If earlier drop-off is needed, please call ahead for arrangements). All wreaths entered will be auctioned at the DHF Tree of Lights Open House and Wreath Auction on Thursday, Dec. 6. Social hour at 5 p.m.; auction at 6 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center on USD campus. Registration form and other details can be found at All proceeds will assist in funding the new Sanford Arts program at Sanford Vermillion.

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