New event features all things South Dakota

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – Sample what South Dakota has to offer in one culture-rich event. The first ever Taste of South Dakota is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Admission is free.

Celebrity Hank Parker, host of Hank Parker’s Flesh and Blood on the Outdoor Channel will be at Main Street Square to give a seminar from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and to sign autographs from 4:15 to 6 p.m.

Cultural vendors and exhibitors will be at Main Street Square, on Sixth Street, and in Memorial Park, from 2 to 6 p.m. Taste local delicacies like rattlesnake, pheasant, buffalo, venison, elk, Indian tacos and kuchen and savor South Dakota beer and wine in the Black Hills Beer Beverage Garden. Learn about barbecue from the South Dakota Stock Growers Association in their BBQ Boot Camp from 2 to 6 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for locals to celebrate their South Dakota heritage and for our tourists to experience what our state is all about,” said Megan Whitman, executive director. “We’re showing our pride for the Mount Rushmore State.”

Experience South Dakotan outdoor activities along the new Memorial Park Promenade. Outdoor Campus – West will host rock climbing and an outdoor safari game, Cabela’s will have a fishing game and Dozers Games will have hunting video games.

The Rapid City Rush Foundation Kidz Zone will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. with inflatables and more, plus there will be covered wagon rides. The Mt. Rushmore Mascots will make a special appearance.

The Lonely Rangers will give a musical performance at Main Street Square from 2 to 6 p.m., with a break for Hank Parker’s seminar.

“Be sure to visit Downtown businesses while at the event. Many shops and restaurants offer South Dakota products year round,” Whitman said. “Participating Downtown restaurants are even joining in the fun and offering South Dakota-inspired specials on Oct. 11.”

Taste of South Dakota is held in cooperation with South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association.

More information can be found on (click on the Taste of South Dakota link under the Concerts & Festivals tab), by calling 605-716-7979, or by stopping by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

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