The Dell Rapids Subway held a ribbon cutting with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and open house on Friday, October 26th. Subway is under new ownership and management. William Leshovsky and his ownership group have acquired the Dell Rapids Subway. This is the seventh store for the ownership group. They also own stores in Brandon, Tea, Vermillion, and three in Sioux Falls. Leshovsky also used to be a regional manager for Subway, and the Dell Rapids store was one of the stores in his area.
One of the biggest changes people will notice is that the TCBY area is no longer a part of the Dell Rapids Subway. Leshovsky mentioned during the event that the previous owner took all of the ice cream equipment after the change in ownership.
During the ribbon cutting, Subway served sandwiches to the group.
Dell Rapids Dental held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 14th, at their office in Dell Rapids at 108 W. 4th St. The ribbon cutting was also part of an ice cream social event to introduce the public to two new doctors to the practice.
Dr. Matt Ford and Dr. Sara Robison joined the practice earlier in 2018. Dr. Ford is originally from Sioux Falls and a graduate of Lincoln High School. Dr. Ford attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and then attended dental school at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ. Dr. Ford was practicing dentistry in rural Minnesota for the last three years.
Dr. Robison grew up in Utah and graduated college from the University of Utah. Dr. Robison also went to get her dental degree from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Robison was recently practicing around the Ft. Worth, TX area.
Dr. Ford and Dr. Robison, along with Dr. Leslie Heinemann will continue to have the dentist office in Dell Rapids along with an office located at 406 W. Pipestone Ave. in Flandreau. They offer general dentistry services including whitening, crowns, bridges, root canals, Invisalign, implants, and oral surgery.
The very first “Wine and Wander” event held in downtown Dell Rapids was a huge success with the number of people that attended. The event was held on Saturday, July 28th and was put on by the Dell Rapids Downtown Committe of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees were able to walk around downtown between different tents to sample wines and craft beer from several local wineries and breweries. About 225 wristbands were sold for the event. The Wine and Wander also featured live music and food from Cricket’s Catering, Gold Star Kettle Corn, and LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse. Several of the downtown businesses were open during the event. The Sioux Falls Watercolor Society had an exhibit, and the Dell Rapids Museum held an art show as well.
Ashley Horton, owner of Rustic Lime Boutique in downtown Dell Rapids, said, “I just can’t even say how awesome our first Wine and Wander was! It is so amazing to see our amazing community not only support our vibrant downtown businesses, but also the art and culture of Dell Rapids!”
With the threat of rain and severe weather staying away for most of the weekend, the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce held their 31st annual Quarry Days celebration Friday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 24th. The seven member chamber board filled the weekend with great events and kept them running smoothly all weekend long.
The Quarry Days golf tournament kicked off this year’s events on Friday. Despite the heavy rains earlier in the week, the Rocky Run Golf Course was ready for play, and twenty-two teams competed in this year’s tournament. The festivities continued Friday evening with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” amateur baseball game between Dell Rapids PBR and Dell Rapids Mudcats. Prior to the game, PBR manager Jay Bentz was honored for his 40 years of contributions to Dell Rapids baseball and Dell Rapids PBR. Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley declared the day “Jay Bentz Appreciation Day” during the ceremony. The 1993 Dell Rapids PBR championship team was also recognized during the game. The Mudcats defeated PBR 11-1 in the game this year.
Saturday was full of activities for every age. The day started with the annual ESA 5k run. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Dell Rapids for the Quarry Days parade. City Park was filled with vendors all day long. There was also the Rapid Fitness 3-on-3 basketball tournament, sand volleyball, kayak races, the Zoo Man animal show, a home run derby for kids, jumpy castles, and more throughout the park. The day concluded with nearly 1,000 people gathering downtown Dell Rapids for the street dance with Judd Hoos and opening act Ashley Wineland.
The Chamber of Commerce filled Sunday with more activities throughout the day. The 30th annual “Blast from the Past” car show was held in the park with the vendors. LG Everist gave free train rides. The annual Sportsman’s Club fishing derby was held, the Dell Rapids firefighters had an obstacle course and smokehouse, the Little Miss quarry Days pageant was held, there was a magic show performance, the Dualing Duo performance was held, and fireworks closed out the celebration on Sunday night.
The Pizza Ranch in Dell Rapids is under new ownership, and they celebrated with a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 15th. Matt and Kim Cerwick of Brandon recently purchased the Pizza Ranch.
“It was a God thing,” said the Cerwick’s of purchasing the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch. Matt had worked many years in construction prior to the purchase, so this was a complete career change. Matt spent a few months training at the Pizza Ranch in Orange City, IA as well as the corporate office. Kim is also the President/CEO of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. They mentioned during the event that they have been blessed to come into ownership with a great staff already in place.
The Cerwicks have made some changes to the inside of the building. They have done some cleaning, painting, and installed new flooring. They’ve also removed the video lottery machines from the building and move the arcade games into the space where the video lottery machines were located. The old arcade area has been turned into another meeting room in the restaurant.
The Pizza Ranch vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world” and their mission is “To give every guest a legendary experience.” The Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. More information about the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch can be found on their website, https://pizzaranch.com/locations/sd/dell-rapids/500-w-4th-street
The first big event that will be held downtown is the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Quarry Days street dance on Saturday, June 23rd on Main Street. Judd Hoos will again headline the street dance with opening act Ashley Wineland starting about 7:15 p.m. This year’s street dance is being sponsored by Norby’s.
“This is a new event that the Chamber has worked with the local businesses on Main Street. They’ve been talking about this for a few years,” said City Administrator Justin Weiland. The reason for how long it’s taken to get this event going was due to working with the South Dakota Department of Revenue and making sure the event followed all the state’s liquor laws.
The “Wine and Wonder” event will close down Main Street for folks to come and enjoy wine and beer samples from local wineries and breweries while wondering downtown shopping, listening to live music, and viewing or participating in art demonstrations. Cricket’s Catering and Gold Star Kettle Corn will be serving food. The local wineries that are currently registered to be at the event include Tuckers Walk Vineyard, Humble Hill Winery, Schade Vineyard, Valiant Vineyards Winery, and Take 16 Brewing Company.
Despite having to postpone the event once and chilly temperatures during the hunt, the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce was able to held their annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 7th, at the Dell Rapids City Park. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, but a snow storm forced the event to be rescheduled a week later. The temperatures were chilly, but the sun was out and children of all ages were able to search for eggs before another snow storm hit the area the next day.
The event had three different age groups: three-years-old and under, ages four to six, and seven-years-old and older. The chamber filled nearly 6,500 eggs and placed them in three different areas of the park for the kids to find. This year the Chamber of Commerce had two “Golden Egg” winners per age group. The “Golden Eggs” were exchanged for prize packages including several prizes from local businesses throughout Dell Rapids.
The Easter Egg hunt started at 10:30 a.m., but the Easter Bunny made a visit to the park at 10:00 to take pictures with all of the kids.
The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Saturday, February 18th. This year the chamber was able to involve different businesses with the banquet. The event was held at the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch, the meal was provided by Cricket’s Catering of Dell Rapids, and dessert was provided by LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse.
During the banquet the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce handed out three annual awards. The first award given was the “2017 Community Spirit” award. This award is given to a person or business in Dell Rapids that volunteers in the community, contributes to local campaigns that benefit community projects, or collaborates with one or more organizations to create an event or program that benefits an individual or the community. This year’s Community Spirit Award went to Tim Schwebach.
The second award given was the “2017 Volunteer of the Year” award. This award is given to a person or group who volunteers time to improving their community through various contributions and community service. The nominees must live in Dell Rapids and the nominee must have spearheaded or assisted a campaign that benefited another individual or the community, or gives selflessly to the community without monetary compensation, or is considered a mentor to others based on their volunteer efforts. This two groups won “Volunteer of the Year”. The local chapter of the ESA won for their contributions to the community with the “Christmas for Our Kids” program. The committee from Norby’s that runs the Christmas for Kids fundraiser also won “Volunteer of the Year” for the record-breaking donation to the ESA “Christmas for Our Kids” program.
The final award of the night was the “2071 Business of the Year”. The business must be an active business for at least three years with a location in Dell Rapids and have revenue or job growth, innovative products or services, provide exceptional customer services, volunteers in the community, or encourages and provides professional development for staff. This year’s winner was Always Your Design for their recent recognition of being a Top 10 quilt shop in the United States.
After the awards were given and President Dan Ahlers provided a brief update on the happenings of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Rebekah Scott of Rebekah Scott Designs presented to those in attendance as the guest speaker. Scott spoke for about 30 minutes giving insight and information about what makes her business successful. She also provided tips and motivation to bring success to business owners and employees that attended the event.
Two winners of our the 2017 Dell Rapids Chamber and Big Sioux Media pumpkin decorating contest have been determined. There were over 40 entries in this year’s contest, which was the highest number of participants in the annual event! Pictures were submitted throughout the month of October, and then those pictures were displayed during the annual Downtown Trick-Or-Treat event on Friday, October 27th. Those attending the downtown event were able to vote for their favorite pumpkin. Over 200 votes were cast!
The winners for the contest were Jeremy P. and Easton D.!! Easton won a $100 prize package from the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce that included gift certificates to Video Plus, the Dells Theater, and Dells Bowl. Jeremy won a $100 prize package from Big Sioux Media that included a Big Sioux Media etched Yeti mug, and gift certificates to T&C, LaDelle & Fourth, and school spirit wear of choice.
The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Big Sioux Media would like to thank everyone who decorated a pumpkin and sent their photos to be a part of the contest. We also want to thank all of those who took time to vote for their favorite pumpkin at the Downtown Trick-Or-Treat event! Both groups look forward to next year’s contest!