Progress is our middle name
Published: Thursday, April 25th, 2013
We hope our annual Progress Edition is an uplifting experience for you to hold in your hands and read. We can put out such an edition every year because of all the positive things we have happening in our area and that is because of all the great business and government leadership we have working for our best interests every day.
In particular, there were two significant events last Thursday that reinforced all the positive vibes we are feeling again about this upcoming year in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota.
First was the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual attractions meeting held at Rocky Knolls Golf Course clubhouse at noon where some 30 Southern Hills tourism attraction owners and managers gave an update on their operations. Every one of them expressed a most positive outlook for the coming year.
Most notable are added events like a second volksmarch to the top of Crazy Horse the last weekend in September. The first one will be held at the traditional time of June 1-2, the first weekend in June. The decision was made for a second volksmarch in order to coincide with the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup which will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, instead of the traditional last Monday in September. State officials made this decision after last year’s annual roundup and it caught most tourism people by surprise.
So, the good folks at Crazy Horse decided to make lemonade out of a potential lemon and add a significant event to the weekend activities, which will include the annual Arts and Crafts Festival in Custer State Park that same weekend, Sept. 28-29. It now appears that this particular weekend could be bigger than ever, thanks to the second Crazy Horse volksmarch.
A second exciting musical attraction will be added to the High Country Guest Ranch four miles west of Hill City. Several years ago, the Circle B Cowboys western dinner and musical show moved to the sprawling ranch from its Highway 385 location.
This year, the Native American experience in sight and sound in the form of the band Brule will join the evening venue festivities at the ranch. Circle B will move its starting time up to 5:30 p.m. in order to make it possible for their customers to catch the Brule show starting at 7:30 p.m. The Brule show should be over in time for visitors to still catch the lighting ceremonies at either Mount Rushmore or Crazy Horse.
The second event we attended last Thursday was at the new custom-built Operation Black Hills Cabin structure just off Montgomery Street and east of the nursing home. The three-bedroom, two-bath Governor’s Home will be headquarters for at least 10 veteran families from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars this year.
The cabin is the culmination of excellent cooperation between local and state government, veterans’ organizations and private business. It will provide each family of an injured veteran with a free week’s stay, along with a host of complimentary meals and area attraction admissions. The idea is that a family should have a fun, worry-free vacation and have the opportunity to reconnect.
It’s events and projects like these that make the Southern Black Hills a special place to live and vacation. We join our fellow business people in looking forward to a great 2013 tourism year and thank everyone who helped us produce another successful annual Progress Edition.
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