Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

Everyone is invited to the 25th anniversary, grand re-opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nygren’s True Value Hardware, 9 Court St., to celebrate the completion of their beautiful new expansion and renovation after 25 years in business. The celebration will be Sept. 12-14 and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

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.


Goodwill Industries offers free shredding service to general public through their GoodShred program. Each Goodwill retail store has a 95-gallon container within their store location for people to bring in paper, magazines, etc. to be shredded. The Yankton store is located at 2508 Fox Fun Parkway and is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday For additional information, contact Bonnie Belongea at (855) 348-5352.




  • X-Country at Beresford at 10 a.m.
  • Boys Soccer vs. Hot Springs at 6 p.m. (H)
  • Football vs. Lennox at 7 p.m. (T)


  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main streets, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • Open House at Dakota Gardens, 126 S. Plum St., from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Call Melissa Langle-Lee at (604) 638-8423 for more information.
  • Tractor Pull at Newcastle, NE, Threshers Grounds. Gates and food stand ppen at 11 a.m. No coolers. First pull at noon, with antique and farm classes followed by 3000 RPM’s and trucks. Gate fee for event.
  • USD Football vs. UC Davis at 2 p.m. at USD DakotaDome. Free for students.
  • Boys Soccer vs. Custer at 3 p.m. (H)


  • No school at USD and Vermillion Public Schools, Labor Day.
  • Labor Day celebration, Newcastle, NE. Parade at 11 a.m., followed by threshing/equipment demonstrations and kids pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m., foot races at 2:30 p.m., sand pile dig at 3 p.m. and watermelon feed at 3:30 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer vs. Sioux Falls Christian at 5 p.m. (T)
  • Al-anon meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden. For more information, call 624-9764.


  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center. For more information, visit


  • Program on Assisted Living Care from Welcov of Elk Point at 11 a.m. at the Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • Heartland Humane Society to host a Meet ‘n Greet from 6-8 p.m. in downtown Vermillion at Thursday on the Platz. Hosted by Coffee Cup Fuel Stop.
  • Thursdays on the Platz in downtown Vermillion, corner of Main and Market, 6-8 p.m. Featuring live music by the Public Domain Tune Band. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by Coffee Cup Fuel Stop. It’s a great chance to sit outdoors with friends and family, listen to music, and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring the family, have some food and enjoy some local entertainment! Due to limited seating, please bring your own chair.
  • Vermillion Lions Club meeting, W. H. Over Museum (Sletwold Hall) at 6 p.m.


  • SEPT 6-7 – Don’t miss the ninth annual Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll downtown Vermillion. Free admission this year and plenty of seating to enjoy BBQ and other treats. Highlights include KCBS BBQ contest, people’s choice judging (wings and pork), car show, family fun area, charity poker run, sidewalk vendors, food court, beer garden, backyard BBQ (where locals compete – new this year) and live rock ‘n roll. There’s something for everyone so come on out and enjoy this great two-day event. Visit for more details.
  • SEPT. 7 – Kayaking and canoeing the Missouri River at 9 a.m. Join area river enthusiasts for a paddle trip from Clay County Park (near Vermillion) to Bolton boat ramp (near Burbank). Unique features of this river segment include the Gunderson Backwater, Vermillion River confluence, Gunderson Island and miles of undeveloped scenic river. No guide service provided. Provide your own vessel and make shuttle arrangements. Free event. For additional information, contact Jarett Bies, (605) 941-4940 or e-mail
  • SEPT. 7 – Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main streets, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • SEPT. 7 – Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room.
  • SEPT. 7 – “The Hay Country Jamboree” at 8 p.m. at Gayville Music Hall in Gayville. Featured musicians: Dan Kilbride, John and Susan McNeill, Nick Schwebach and Owen DeJong. For reservations, call (605) 267-2859.
  • SEPT. 9 – International Forum to discuss “International Women Issues” at noon, Farber Hall, located in Old Main on USD campus. Dr. Shane Nordyke (Political Science), Dr. Miglena Sternadori (Journalism and native of Bulgaria) and Dr. Dai (Lucy) Wenqian (Sociology and native of China) will discuss International Women Issues such as rape as a weapon of war and religious intolerance toward them (denying them any education and therefore limiting their role in society. How can gender inequality be eliminated, such as lower wages and salaries for women? Are European women treated more favorably (maternity leaves and child care benefits) than US women? Dr.Benno Wymar (Economics) will moderate. Event sponsored by the (USD) Beacom School of Business. Open to the public at no charge.
  • SEPT. 11 – Public invited to “An Evening with St. Agnes” to celebrate its long history of service to Vermillion and its Catholic Community and to launch “The Campaign for St. Agnes” for St. Agnes school expansion. Celebration tent opens at 6 p.m. with heavy hors d’ouevres and beverages followed by program at 6:45 p.m. Location: 909 Lewis St. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 6. For more information, call (605) 624-4478 or e-mail
  • SEPT. 12-14 – Friends of the Library Used Book Sale at Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. The book sale will be held in the basement of the newly renovated library. Come down to find some great books at great prices.
  • SEPT. 12 – Living and Learning, 5-6:30 p.m. Sanford Arts Vermillion (SAV)Open House and Art Exhibition by Care Center residents and staff. SAV Presentation at 6 p.m. Educational seminar on Advanced Directives at 6:30 p.m., Sanford Vermillion Boardroom featuring Tom Simmons, USD Law Professor and Attorney. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided in the cafeteria. Free and open to public. For more information or to RSVP call Kari Jo at (605) 638-8319.
  • SEPT. 13 – Flu shots by Sanford Vermillion from 10 a.m.-noon at the Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • SEPT. 14 – Missouri River Cleanup: Volunteers needed for Missouri River Cleanup from 8 a.m. to Noon. Meeting place is Clay County Park Boat Ramp. Volunteers will receive T-Shirts, as well as refreshments pre-cleanup and lunch afterwards. For more information, contact Dugan Smith, park ranger, at (605) 665-0209 or e-mail at
  • SEPT. 15 – National Public Radio’s “From the Top” is coming to Vermillion. To celebrate the launching of the National Music Museum’s 40th anniversary year, experience the unexpected delight of a live taping of NPR’s hit show “From the Top,” with pianist Christopher O’Riley at 3 p.m. at Aalfs Auditorium on the USD campus. “From the Top” will feature a talented young pianist, violinist, saxophonist, guitarist and string quartet — as well as a surprise visit by one of the National Music Museum’s historic pianos. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. The show will also showcase 13-year-old violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan from Rapid City. She travels monthly to Rice University to take lessons with Paul Kantor, and also studies privately with Nicolette Solomon at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. She recently attended the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2013. Additional performers and a schedule of the program is available at General admission tickets are $20. For tickets to this event, visit or contact the National Music Museum at 677-5306 for more information. If you are interested in advertising in the program, call the museum at (605) 677-5306 or go to the National Music Museum’s website at
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