PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival is gearing up for plenty of action during this year’s event, beginning Aug. 12 with the Calcutta and rules meeting, and wrapping up Aug. 16 with a pancake feed and ranch rodeo.
“The Festival piece of the Walleye Classic is something the Akaska community has worked on together to promote this year,” said Bill Waeckerle (Wack'-ur-lee), President of the South Dakota Walleye Classic. “We have great entertainment and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. We encourage everyone to come out and have a good time.”
Friday, Aug. 14, is Western Day featuring a performance by country music singer, Dustin Evans, and a country western dance starting at 9:00 p.m. CDT. Other activities throughout the day include:
- Arts in the Park, Chainsaw Artist, Wakpala Native American Dancers, BBQ Supper and Bull-O-Rama.
Saturday, Aug. 15, is Veterans Day featuring a performance by the Johnny Holm Band later that evening. Other activities throughout the day include:
- Arts in the Park, Chainsaw Artist, 3D Archery Tournament and Kids Fishing Tournament, ReptileGardens Snake Show and a Salute to the Veterans.
The South Dakota Walleye Classic is a national event on the professional walleye fishing tour designed to boost the economy and bring recognition to the outdoor fishing industry in the community of Akaska. The rules allow an amateur/co-angler to accompany a professional during each day of the tournament.
As part of the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s Great Events Campaign, the South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival was one of the five events chosen for the 2009 campaign. The event takes place in Akaska on Aug. 12-16, 2009. The 2009 Great Events were selected based on visitor appeal, growth potential and length of the event. The selection process includes an application and proposal, submitted by event coordinators for consideration by the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
The South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival is part of the Office of Tourism’s 2009 Great Events Campaign, which is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota from 2003-2010. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.