Very Successful First “Wine and Wander” Event Held in Dell Rapids

2018WineAndWanderThe 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!”

 

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Dell Rapids Chamber’s Quarry Days Celebration Had Fun for All

QuarryDays2018_3With 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.

QuarryDays2018_1The 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 QuarryDays2018_5recognized 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 QuarryDays2018_6run 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 QuarryDays2018_7Sportsman’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.

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Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch, Under New Ownership, Holds Ribbon Cutting

PizzaRanch2018RibbonThe 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

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Two Events Coming to Downtown Dell Rapids

2016QuarryDays1Downtown Dell Rapids will be hosting two big events in the coming weeks.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved both of all necessary permits during their regular meeting on Monday, June 4th.

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.

A new event being hosted by the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, July 28th called “Wine and 2018WineAndWonderWonder”.

“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.

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Dell Rapids Chamber Holds Easter Egg Hunt

2018DRChamberEasterEggDespite 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.

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Dell Rapids Chamber Annual Banquet Held

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Van’t Hof

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.

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Van’t Hof

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.

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Van’t Hof

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.

ChristmasForOurKidsDonation*Norby’s committee also won 2017 Volunteer of the Year award

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2017 Pumpkin Contest Winners

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!

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Easton D. pumpkin

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Jeremy P. pumpkin

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Corduroy & Pixie Dust Has Ribbon Cutting

CorduroyAndPixieDustRibbonCorduroy & Pixie Dust, the newest store in downtown Dell Rapids, held it’s ribbon cutting and grand opening on Saturday, October 28th.  Owners Heather and Jason Ness held the celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The store actually opened its doors on Thursday, September 14th.

Corduroy & Pixie Dust features clothes for girls and boys from newborns all the way to age eight.  The store is open three days a week – Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Corduroy & Pixie Dust is located at 428 E. 4th St or online at https://corduroynpixiedust.com/.

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Dell Rapids Chamber Has Big Plans for Rest of 2017

DRChamberLogoThe Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce has big plans for rest of the 2017 calendar year.  Chamber President Dan Ahlers highlighted some of the items the chamber has planned during the Dell Rapids City Council regular meeting on Monday, August 21st.

The first event that will be happening is the “Rhythm at the Rapids” music festival on Saturday, September 16th.  This is the second year for the event at Dell Rapids City Park.

“We created this event hoping it will be eventually a mini Jazz Fest for our community.  We did fairly well last year for our first year.  There were somewhere between 400 and 600 people total that attended that,” said Ahlers. Poster

The event had five bands last year, and this year’s event will also feature five bands.  The chamber plans to have other family friendly events at the park during the day such has bounce houses, face painting, and canvas painting.  The city council also approved a 1-day alcoholic beverage license for the music festival to allow the chamber to sell alcoholic beverages throughout the day.  The first act of the day will start at 11:00 a.m. with the last act scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

A new Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Administrator has also been hired.  Calvin Bloemendaal, a recent graduate from South Dakota State University, was hired for the open position.  Bloemendaal has degrees in Consumer Services Management and Family Financial Services.  Bloemendaal will start in a couple of weeks and will also be giving chamber updates to the city council soon.

“He’s excited to get started.  I think he’s going to be a great addition to our team and certainly is going to help move the chamber organization forward and help us continue to grow,” Ahlers said.

Ahlers also mentioned other projects that are in progress for the chamber.  The chamber billboards will soon be updated with a new look.  Ahlers reported that designs are in the final stages of being complete with a target of getting them in place yet this fall.  A new Dell Rapids visitors and community guide is also in the works by the chamber.  The guide will include a history of Dell Rapids section, culture section, business section, and possibly a couple of pages dedicated to surrounding communities.  The chamber is working with Anderson Publications to print the guide, and they hope to have them complete by the Christmas at the Dells celebration.

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Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Hands out Awards at Annual Banquet

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Katie Luttmann and The Mason Jar Boutique

The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce gave out three awards during their annual banquet on Saturday, April 8th, at the Rocky Run Golf Course clubhouse in Dell Rapids.  The chamber handed out their annual awards of Business of the Year, Community Spirit Award, and Volunteer of the Year award.

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Representatives of the Dell Rapids Connections group

Katie Luttmann and The Mason Jar Boutique was named the 2016 Dell Rapids Business of the Year.  The Community Spirit Award was given to Rob Everist.  The Volunteer of the Year was given to the Dell Rapids Connections group.

Besides the annual awards that were given, the evening also included a social hour, a catered meal by J&K Randel Catering of Dell Rapids, and a speech by inspirational business speaker and best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein.  Bernstein shared his thoughts and stories about passion and keys to business success with those in attendance.  He also gave away one of his books, America’s Coach, to everyone in attendance.

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Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce board members Dan Ahlers, Amanda Roth, Amber Larson, Melissa Van’t Hof, Amy Lensing, Holly Davidson with Ross Bernstein.

 

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