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GDD seeks a few good women, men

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Are you enthusiastic? Energetic? Do you combine a good sense of humor with a sense of community pride? If you answered yes to these questions, the Gold Discovery Days committee wants you.
Each year in July for the past 89 years, Gold Discovery Days has taken place in Custer. And while it’s three days of fun, family and friends for most people, for a select group of dedicated citizens in Custer, it’s also a great deal of work.
Nobody knows that more than sisters Tammy Wicks and Tina Grable, who between the two of them have nearly three decades of service in helping make Gold Discovery Days a reality every summer. Grable, the committee vice-president, has been on the committee for 16 years. Wicks, the committee president, is in her 13th year on the committee.
Their passion for Gold Discovery Days was born out of both a love for Custer, a town they were born in, raised in and now raise their families in, and a lifetime of participating in Gold Discovery Days. Their participation in Gold Discovery Days started where many Custer residents did when they were children—in the now defunct Pageant of Paha Sapa.
“When we were little kids, that’s what we did; Gold Discovery Days,” Grable said. “It’s part of what we grew up with.”
“We have been involved in Gold Discovery Days since we were 3 or 4 years old,” Wicks said. “It’s just part of who we are, part of our life. It’s a fun event that is important to the community. It brings the community together.”

Are you enthusiastic? Energetic? Do you combine a good sense of humor with a sense of community pride? If you answered yes to these questions, the Gold Discovery Days committee wants you.

Each year in July for the past 89 years, Gold Discovery Days has taken place in Custer. And while it’s three days of fun, family and friends for most people, for a select group of dedicated citizens in Custer, it’s also a great deal of work.

Nobody knows that more than sisters Tammy Wicks and Tina Grable, who between the two of them have nearly three decades of service in helping make Gold Discovery Days a reality every summer. Grable, the committee vice-president, has been on the committee for 16 years. Wicks, the committee president, is in her 13th year on the committee.

Their passion for Gold Discovery Days was born out of both a love for Custer, a town they were born in, raised in and now raise their families in, and a lifetime of participating in Gold Discovery Days. Their participation in Gold Discovery Days started where many Custer residents did when they were children—in the now defunct Pageant of Paha Sapa.

“When we were little kids, that’s what we did; Gold Discovery Days,” Grable said. “It’s part of what we grew up with.”

“We have been involved in Gold Discovery Days since we were 3 or 4 years old,” Wicks said. “It’s just part of who we are, part of our life. It’s a fun event that is important to the community. It brings the community together.”

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