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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30th Annual Quarry Days a Big Hit in Dell Rapids

2017QuarryDays2With blue skies and near perfect temperatures in the lower 70s all weekend, the 30th Annual Dell Rapids Quarry Days was a huge success for the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.  Some of the comments around town and on social media have praised the chamber for an outstanding weekend.

“Best Quarry Days in the 22 years we’ve lived here.  Well done!,” said one comment on Facebook. 2017QuarryDays3

Another comment on Facebook said, “A huge shout out to the Chamber.  This year’s Quarry Days was as close to perfect as it gets!”

2017QuarryDays1The Dell Rapids Chamber had a mix of classic Quarry Day events along with some new events for the 30th annual celebration.  The celebration started on Friday, June 23rd with the Quarry Days Golf Tournament.  Other classic events over the weekend included the ESA 5k Run/Walk, parade, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, vendors in the park, L.G. Everist train rides, fishing derby, “Blast from the Past” car show, and the fireworks display to close out the event on Sunday, June 25th.

Some of the newer events this year included an Ag Olympics put on by the Dell Rapids FFA, co-ed sand volleyball tournament, Dell Rapids firefighters obstacle course and smokehouse, Champions Forever Crevier basketball spectacular, and Dueling Duo. 2017QuarryDays4

This year’s street dance also featured two bands.  The Brandon Jones Band opened the street dance at 7:00 p.m., and then Judd Hoos rocked the crowed late into the night on Saturday, June 24th.  There was a near-record attendance of over 1,200 at this year’s street dance.

Dell Rapids Chamber board members have said that this year’s celebration may have been the most well-attended in recent years throughout the entire weekend of events.

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Mudcats Beat PBR at ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats beat Dell Rapids PBR 7-3 at the annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” night at Rickeman Field on Friday, June 23rd.  The annual game between the two Dell Rapids amateur teams kicks off the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Quarry Days celebration.

The Mudcats scored first on an RBI double by Nate Henry to score Jimmy Bauer.  Henry later scored on a wild pitch to give the Mudcats a 2-0 lead they wouldn’t lose.  The Mudcats scored three more times to lead 5-0 after four innings.  PBR got on the board when Ryan Geraets scored on an error.  PBR was able to cut the lead to 5-2 after the top of the fifth inning.  Mark Houck hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 7-2.  Beau Behrend had an RBI single for PBR in the top of the ninth. PBRLogo

Colin Karst earned the win for the Mudcats pitching all nine innings.  Karst gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four.  Houck was 2-3 in the game with the home run and two runs scored.  Jared Hegdahl had an RBI hit as well in the game for the Mudcats.  Zane Schumacher went 2-4 for PBR.

The Mudcats travel to Madison on Tuesday, June 27th.  Dell Rapids PBR will play Flandreau on Sunday, June 25th and then Salem on Wednesday, June 28th.

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Dell Rapids Quarry Days Adds New Events

The 30th Annual Dell Rapids Quarry Days will feature some new events this year.  One of the new events will be “Ag Olympics” on Saturday, June 24th, hosted by the Dell Rapids FFA.  The event will start at 1:00 p.m. at city park.  Participants in this event can test their skills in various activities like steel fence post pounding, wheel barrow obstacle race, and square bale toss.

Other new events for this year’s Quarry Days include a coed sand volleyball tournament (Saturday), The Brandon Jones Band opening for Judd Hoos at the street dance (Saturday), Champions Forever Crevier Basketball Spectacular (Sunday), and Dueling Duo at the band shell (Sunday).

Quarry Days will start on Friday, June 23rd, with the Quarry Days Golf Tournament and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” later on Friday evening.  The celebration will conclude on Sunday, June 25th, with a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.  The 30th Annual Quarry Days is put on by the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and proudly sponsored by Billion, GoldenWest, LG Everist, and Dells Auto.


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ESA Quarry Days 5k a Success

Organizers of the 2016 ESA Quarry Days 5K/1 Mile event on Saturday, June 25th, said they had another successful year.  This event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to local community organizations.  This year 89 participants took part in the event with 77 running in the 5K.

The top overall female finisher was Christina Vogel with a time of 22:10.  The top overall male finisher was Ben Devlin from Sioux Falls with a time of 19:40.

Top Female Finishers:

  • 60 & over:  Rhonda Ralston
  • 50-59:  Lisa Schroeder
  • 40-49:  Joan Krush
  • 30-39:  Jessica Holt
  • 20-29:  Anna Grimsrud
  • 10-19:  Christina Vogel
  • 15 & under:  Lisa Koopman


Top Male Finishers:

  • 60 & over:  Tim Devlin
  • 50-59:  Keith DeLange
  • 40-49:  Ivan Vargas
  • 30-39:  Brad Olinger
  • 20-29:  Ben Devlin
  • 16-19:  Peyton Heins


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Mudcats Beat PBR at Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Dell Rapids Mudcats defeated Dell Rapids PBR during the annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Friday, June 24th at Rickeman Field.  The game was one of the events that kicked off the Quarry Days weekend in Dell Rapids.


The Mudcats got on the board in the first inning after Aaron Johnson drove home Jimmy Bauer.  Bauer then drove in the next Mudcat run in the second inning with an RBI single driving in Colin Karst.  Nate Henry hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 4-0.  The Mudcats would add two more runs in the seventh and went on to win 6-0.

Karst earned the win pitching seven innings of shut out baseball.  Karst only gave up two hits in his seven innings while striking out five batters.  Bauer and Johnson each had three hits.  Henry had two hits, and Grant Olson, Mark Houck, and Karst each had one hit.  Bo Behrend, Kevin Krull, and Zane Schumacher had hits for PBR.  Preston Davis took the loss.

The Mudcats earned another win over the weekend by defeating Humboldt 8-0 on Sunday, June 26th.  The Mudcats are currently in second place in the Cornbelt League standings with a 7-2 league record.  PBR dropped another game on Sunday, losing 7-1 to Canova.  PBR is still looking for its first league win.

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Quarry Days Excitement in Dell Rapids

2015QuarryDaysThe 28th Annual Dell Rapids Quarry Days sponsored by the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce was held Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th.

Events kicked off on Friday with the Quarry Days Golf Tournament.  This year Great Plains Brokerage won the tournament with Team Welbig finishing second.  “Take Me out to the Ballgame” once again featured Dell Rapids PBR vs Dell Rapids Mudcats this year.  The Mudcats won the game 6-2. 2015QuarryDayParade_2

Saturday was full of fun.  The 5K Run/Walk started the weekend.  The annual parade was held at 10:30 a.m. and again featured the Shriners among many other entrants.  A 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held in the park as well as vendors all day long.  The day concluded with a street dance featuring the Judd Hoos.  Over 1,200 people filled downtown Dell Rapids for the street dance.

20150627_224459Sunday was also full of events all day long.  An 8-and-under baseball tournament was held all day long along with the “Blast from the Past” car show.  Vendors filled the park for another day.  There was also a kids fishing derby, Little Miss Quarry Days Pageant, and Hip-Hop Shop Talent Show.  L.G. Everest also held quarry train rides throughout the day.  The Quarry Days celebration finished up with a fireworks show Sunday night. 2015QuarryDays_2


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Quarry Days 2013

As Quarry Days quickly approaches, locals and out-of-the-area campers have the opportunity to camp in the main campground this year at the park unlike last year.  If you recall a year ago, overnight camping was restricted in an attempt to gain better control of crowds from previous years.  Plus a live concert in the park following the ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ was held with a portion of the camping area being utilized for that.  The Dell Rapids city crews have made thousands of dollars in improvements to the popular camping sites (15 total) allowing for overnighters to once again enjoy festivities throughout Dell Rapids.  The music will be held across the road in the city park amphitheater, and a permit was granted to have that area roped off with the music stopping at 1:00 a.m.  For more information on other activities throughout June, check out the Big Sioux Media website.

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Quarry Days Comes to an End

After a beautiful weekend in Dell Rapids, the 25th Annual Quarry Days celebration came to an end on Sunday.  The weekend was full events from the Tour de Kota riders returning to Dell Rapids on Friday to go along with the golf tournament, Take Me out to the Ballgame, and Kory and the Fireflies concert.  Saturday saw vendors in the park all day, along with a parade, 5K walk/run, burnout, mud races and street dance by 90 Proof.  Sunday wrapped up the celebration with train rides, car show, Little Miss Quarry Days pageant and a fireworks display at the end of the day.

Pictures of this year’s celebration can be found on our <a href=”>Photos page.</a>

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Kory and the Fireflies Rocked the Park

Several dozens of concert fans crowded to the front of the stage at Friday night’s Kory and the Fireflies concert in Dell Rapids.  The raw energy displayed by this four-piece rocker ignited the crowd into a sing-along, feel good atmosphere leaving your problems somewhere else enabling the fans to escape into a summer night in the park enjoying a mixture of rock.  The concert had doubters throughout the community as the campground had been shut down to camping by the city council, and some questioned having a concert following the annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame for fear of vandalism to the baseball diamond by concert goers.  The crowd was one of the best-behaved and respectful crowds, yet they were able to be energized and feed off the band while enjoying the concert at the park till shortly after midnight.  One Baltic fan’s name, Brett Teveldal, was even drawn for a brand new guitar given away by the band with all the members autographing it. Kory and the Fireflies played songs from their previous four CD releases, and a handful of new songs from the Fireflies upcoming 5th CD with a mixture of cover songs ranging from Collective Soul to Elvis (ah, yes—the King and also Costello).  This is one concert if you missed, you still have a chance to see and hear it (just not up close and personal).  Big Sioux Media streamed the concert live, and will have an archive of the event up on the website.  Just go to webcasts and click on the concert to view it.

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