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Kick off Summer in Lake Andes

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LAKE ANDES, S.D. - Gather the family and kick off summer with a boatload of fun at Fish Days in Lake Andes June 2-4. Spend three days in a community full of family-friendly hospitality. Fish Days starts Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. with a quilt show. On display are various projects from area quilters. Those in the mood for action can join in the three-day softball tournament or sign up for the dart tournament. End the evening at the Queen and Little Miss Fishy contests. The weekend moves into full swing Saturday, June 3 with several events. Begin the day by taking the family to enjoy the "Lazy Days of Summer" parade. Check out some cool classics or muscle cars at the car show. Try your luck in the poker run. Eat your fill at the annual fish dinner, a Fish Days tradition since 1989. In the evening, strap on those dancing shoes and dance the night away to "Rude Awakening." Watch the crowning of Mr. Carp and Ms. Bullhead between dances. On Sunday, June 4 watch the "Mutton Bustin" competition and then prepare for some high impact action at the demolition derby. Fish Days comes to a close Sunday evening with a fireman's water fight. "We encourage everyone to attend Fish Days," said Julie Thomson, Fish Days chairwoman "It is a great event to begin the summer months and also to bring communities together for three action packed days." A main street carnival runs all weekend. There are admission costs for some events. Call (605) 487-7694 or visit for more information and event locations. Fish Days has been designated a "Great Event" by the South Dakota Office of Tourism. The Office of Tourism provides assistance to event coordinators and supports promotional efforts for designated events in order to boost visitor spending and to increase the economic impact in host communities. The Great Events campaign is one component of the 2010 Initiative, which includes doubling visitor spending to $1.2 billion by 2010.