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. Their celebration will be Sept. 12-14 and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.  

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited we can fully fund small one-time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to our Foundation will provide us with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

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.


Lori Kober, Kober Funeral Home, to receive award in Pierre, Monday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. The SD Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Human Services will present awards at the Rotunda of the State Capitol to recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities. For more information or to request accommodations, call Board of Vocational Rehabilitation at (800) 210-0143.  

Maxine Johnson of Vermillion named Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Club International Foundation in recognition of her commitment to serving the world community. The fellowship is one of the Foundation’s highest recognitions, which honors the commitment to humanitarian service.

Don’t miss the ninth annual Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll downtown Vermillion on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. 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 two-day event. Visit for more details.

New event at Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll Sept. 6-7. Backyard barbeque – BBQ locals and amateurs, come test your skills and challenge your neighbor at this friendly competition cooking chicken and ribs – d$50 entry. Go to for details and entry forms. Don’t delay.



  • Cross Country: USD Invite at 4 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer: Sturgis at 6 p.m. (H)
  • Football: South Sioux City, NE, at 7 p.m. (T)


  • 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 at (605) 941-4940 or e-mail
  • 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.
  • Volleyball: Luverne, MN, at 9 a.m. (T)
  • Girls Soccer: Sturgis at 11 a.m. (H)
  • 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.


  • East River and Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association to feature “Monthly Open Jam” (second Sunday of each month) from 1-6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. All levels welcome-open to pickers and listeners. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (877) 621-4118 (toll free).


  • International Forum to discuss “International Women’s 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’s 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.
  • Ninth grade JV Football: South Sioux City, NE, 4:30 p.m./6 p.m. (T)
  • Seventh/eighth grade Volleyball: Elk Point/Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. (H)
  • Senior Parent Night at Vermillion High School at 6:30 p.m.
  • 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


  • 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, to (605) 624-4478 or e-mail  


  • Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, Sept. 12-14 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.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • 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 board room 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. 13 – The South Dakota Film Festival will present the “Ride With Larry” movie this year as part of September’s festivities. Make plans for this special event in Vermillion. First screening is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Coyote Twin Theater. The theater will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to South Dakota’s Parkinson’s Association and the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. Special overnight lodging package available for out-of-town guests. For details, go to For more information about the “Ride With Larry” film or to see a film trailer, go to
  • SEPT. 14 – Missouri River Cleanup: Volunteers needed from 8 a.m.-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 email at
  • SEPT. 14 – The Barking Dog Cycling Club will host the 12th Annual Margarita Ride. This ride is a benefit for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and starts at 9 a.m. at the Eagles Club, in downtown Vermillion. For ride and registration information, please visit After the ride, there will be screenings of Ride With Larry, a documentary that puts a human face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson’s through the story of Vermillion’s own, Larry Smith.
  • SEPT. 14 – Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main St., 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • SEPT 14 – 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. 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. 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 Web site at
  • SEPT. 16 – Gordon Lightfoot to perform at the Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City, 8 p.m. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. For group tickets, call Melissa at (712) 224-6423 or e-mail
  • SEPT. 18 – Program on Dakota Gardens Housing by Sanford Care at 11 a.m. at The Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • SEPT. 18 – RED Steakhouse to host second annual philanthropic event, “MINGLE at RED Steakhouse,” from 5-9 p.m. The annual event is a gourmet food and wine tasting event designed to gather people together and raise awareness and funds that will benefit the community. At the event, RED Steakhouse will “mingle” with Saint Agnes School. Proceeds will go toward funding classroom expansion at Saint Agnes School. Tickets for this event will be $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door and are available at RED Steakhouse or by calling (605) 624-0079. Ticketholders receive a Riedel glass to take home. Chef Kirk Phillips and his team will be showcasing their culinary skills and providing a variety of different foods to accompany the wines.
  • SEPT. 19 – Vermillion Lions Club meeting, Thursday, Sept. 19, W. H. Over Museum (Sletwold Hall) at 6 p.m.
  • SEPT. 21 – Tails and Trails on Vermillion’s USD Campus. Join the annual dog walk with chances to win raffle and door prizes. There will be a biggest dog, smallest dog, best trick and cutest couple contest, and for a free-will donation you can borrow any Heartland Humane Society for the walk.
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