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Custer Cruisin’ wraps for the year

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, October 4th, 2012

By Carrie Moore
In the last regular meeting of the year Sept. 28, the Custer Cruisin’ committee talked more about this year’s Cruisin’ event and what to work on for next year. 
The topic of advertising was brought up and Robin Bagley, office manager at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce, suggested hanging a banner or sign with the Custer Cruisin’ logo for visitors to take pictures with.
“It’s a great way to remember the trip and Custer,” she said. 
Bagley also suggested the committee run an ad in a regional magazine or publication to get the word out about the event.
“I think we had great advertisements out there and I’m pleased with what we did,” she said. “I think we should think about it earlier. The earlier the better.”
“I’m very happy with the ads and maps we made available,” said Rex Harris, community development director.
The committee briefly talked about where to hang the sign or banner with the Custer Cruisin’ logo. Many thought hanging it by the visitor center would be ideal, and even on the train in Harbach Park. 
Towards the end of the meeting, Custer Area Chamber of Commerce director Dave Ressler asked about rerouting traffic, mainly RVs and delivery trucks, to Crook Street to keep them from turning and traveling on Mt. Rushmore Road. 
“It’s not a matter of if there will be an accident, it’s when,” Ressler said.
Harris said they had been in contact with the Department of Transportation (DOT) about the issue.
“It’s not really a problem if the truck or RV turns at the light to go west of town,” he said. “But the problem is when they go east.”
The committee talked about speaking with businesses that receive deliveries as well as the drivers about the possibility of rerouting during the two-week period. Harris said he would spend time with DOT about signage and reworking delivery routes.
Harris also spoke about a conversation he had a week ago with Susan Crabtree, who wanted to start a motorcycle ride benefiting local women’s shelters and causes.
“She was kind of overwhelmed with the amount of work needed to put on an event like this,” Harris said. 
Harris said the committee will help with some aspects of the event, such as the advertising, but they could not fully take over the event, as they are solely responsible for the Custer Cruisin’ event in August.
“Susan has decided to put it on hold, build some contacts up and work on it over the year,” Harris said. “She’s looking at potentially having the event in June of 2014.”
Also during the meeting, next year’s Custer Cruisin’ event dates were determined. Vendor and street set up will begin Thursday, Aug. 1, and tear down will be Sunday, Aug. 11. The actual event for the public will begin Friday, Aug. 2, and run until Aug. 11.

In the last regular meeting of the year Sept. 28, the Custer Cruisin’ committee talked more about this year’s Cruisin’ event and what to work on for next year. 

The topic of advertising was brought up and Robin Bagley, office manager at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce, suggested hanging a banner or sign with the Custer Cruisin’ logo for visitors to take pictures with.

“It’s a great way to remember the trip and Custer,” she said. 

Bagley also suggested the committee run an ad in a regional magazine or publication to get the word out about the event.

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