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In Your Own Backyard

We are showcasing everything "South Dakota" in the In Your Own Backyard series. This bi-weekly series focuses on everything from great food, people and attractions, to distinctive shops and events…the many things that make South Dakota special. So, check out South Dakota's backyard.

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South Dakota Mentioned as one of Best Roads to Drive in America

South Dakota made the top 12 best roads to drive, according to the Huffington Post. Check out the link!


In Your Own Backyard: Frontier Christmas

Experience holiday traditions at an authentic 1864 military outpost. The Fort Sisseton Frontier Christmas is being held Dec. 13-14 in Fort Sisseton State Park from 12 – 4 p.m.

Christmas at the Capitol


In Your Own Backyard: Adams House and Museum

Deadwood has become famous for its rich history and colorful characters. The Adams Museum & House Inc. is working to preserve this rich history while bringing the past back to life in the Black Hills.

Free Museum Honoring South Dakotans

The South Dakota Hall of Fame Museum, in Chamberlain, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization recognizing South Dakotans who stand above the rest.

Take the “Plunge” Into a Natural Hot Spring

For thousands of years the Wiwilakahta or "valley of healing waters" was prized by the Lakota Sioux Tribe.

“The Barn” Bed and Breakfast

Originally built in 1924, as a horse and dairy barn, The Barn B&B still has its original "barn" look. Located on the Lewis and Clark Trail and in the middle of the Native American Scenic Byway, The Barn offers beautiful scenery, wide open spaces and a rich history for visitors to enjoy.

Redlin Art Center: A Gift to South Dakota


Kick Off Hunting Season in Pheasant Country

The Pheasant Country Banquet, the largest one-night wildlife fundraiser in South Dakota, will be held Oct. 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Travel Back in Time at the Geddes Historic Village

If you are looking for an authentic western experience, Geddes is the place!


Scarecrows and Decorated Pumpkins Wanted

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall, the Huron Lions and Lioness’ Great Scarecrow and Decorated Pumpkin Festival will be held October 9-12 at Campbell Park in Huron.

Cruise In and Show off your Hot Rod this Weekend in Mitchell

Main Street in Mitchell will be the hot place to be this weekend during the 4th annual Outkasts Car Club, Cruise In and Hot Rod Show.

Celebrating Lakota Culture and Tradition

Join in on the fun and celebration of the 32nd American Indian Day and Powwow taking place in Chamberlain on Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, 2008.


In Your Own Backyard: Eureka Kuchen Factory

Kuchen has made its way into the hearts and stomachs of many who visit the Mount Rushmore State, and the Eureka Kuchen Factory is benefiting from the desire for this tasty South Dakota treat.

Homesteader Day Harvest Festival

Experience a taste of the homesteading life at the Homesteader Day Harvest Festival, Sept. 7, 1-4 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Nature Area.

One More Week to See Sue in South Dakota

“A T-Rex named Sue” Traveling Exhibit will be in Faith through September 1. This is your last chance to witness the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex where it was unearthed 18 years ago.

Sturgis Mustang Rally

Move over bikers, the Mustangs are moving in Labor Day weekend.

Bull Ridin’ and Barn Dancin’

Throw on your boots and step into an action-packed evening of bull ridin' and barn dancin' at the Bull-A-Rama in Redfield, August 16.

Trapping a Piece of the Past

Trap a piece of the past in Geddes, August 8-10, during Fur Trader Days.

The Pioneer Auto Show: Classic Cars and Family Fun

Antique cars, tractors, rocks and family fun await at the Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, S.D.

Wessington Springs: Flowing with History

There are eight sites in Wessington Springs listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The 1905 Opera House, Shakespeare Garden and Anne Hathaway Cottage, Governor Vessey Home, Jerauld County Courthouse, WPA Field House, Sears & Roebuck House, Carnegie Library and the United Methodist Churc

Fun and Fireworks for a Good Cause

Support a good cause and spend time with your family on July 20 at the 6th annual Waubay Community FunFest.

River City Racin’

Speed, entertainment and family-fun combine at Pepsi Racing Power Cup Challenge presented by River City Racin’, July 12-13, in Chamberlain-Oacoma.

Kick-start for charity

Ride, rock and make wishes come true at Hot Harley Nights, July 11-13, in Sioux Falls.

“Rock the Bluffs” Fireworks Display

Watch the largest fireworks display in central South Dakota light up the sky over the Missouri River in Chamberlain, July 4.

Celebrating Community Pride

Make the trip to Pierre this weekend for the Oahe Days Arts Festival, June 20-22.

Luce Pioneer Day

Awaken your spirit for adventure at Luce Pioneer Day, June 14, at Lake Herman State Park in Madison.

A Lip Smack’n Good Time

Stop in for some finger-lickin’ fun during the 2nd annual South Dakota State Barbeque Championship at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, June 6-7.

Fort Sisseton: Where history comes to life

Experience frontier life first-hand, June 6-8, at Fort Sisseton State Park in northeastern South Dakota.

A Walk Back In Time

Keystone, S.D., is home to more than just Mount Rushmore.

South Dakota Outdoor Expo: Your Introduction to the Outdoors

Are you looking for a great opportunity to introduce your family and friends to the outdoors of South Dakota? Get out and enjoy the South Dakota Outdoor Expo on May 17-18 at the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D.

J&L Harley Davidson Hosts Bike Nights

Once a month from May-September, J&L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls invites riding enthusiasts of all kinds to join them for fun and entertainment.

Experience Native American Culture in Chamberlain

Native American culture abounds in the South Dakota community of Chamberlain.

Rushmore Borglum Story

The Rushmore Borglum Story provides visitors with the opportunity to meet the artist, his family and the famous people who were his friends. You can enjoy an exclusive film, narrated by Senator Tom Daschle, which takes you back in time to view the carving of the monument or view the many additional

More Than a Chapel in the Hills

In a quiet Rapid City residential area, visitors will find a chapel not quite like the others in town.

Scrap Sculptures, Dinosaurs and more: Grand River Museum

Creative art and family fun await you at the Grand River Museum in Lemmon, S.D.

Brookings "Opens Doors" to Culture and History

Doors Open is an international movement that highlights the historic and cultural assets of the community by opening the doors of historic and cultural sites to the public and adding “Xtra” activities at various sites.