Pierre has been on fire for the last several weeks, and we have a wonderful group of volunteers and community leaders to thank for it.

First, congratulations to the team who put together this year’s Oahe Day’s Celebration. They knocked it out of the park! I heard positive remarks from young families who spent the day taking in all the entertainment and activities designed for the youngsters. A number of people have commented on the caliber and quantity of vendors this year. And, I also heard praise from people who enjoyed the night life –whether that was concerts, refreshments or rides. Job well done!

Hats off, as well, to the Chamber of Commerce and its volunteer team for pulling together The Great Outdoor Festival. It certainly helped roll out the welcome mat for the Bass Master Elite Tournament goers. The fisherman were very impressed with the community, its hospitality and the fishing experience the Missouri River provides. Thanks to the work of the Chamber and other associated groups, I expect more high-profile fishing tournaments will be taking to the waters of Lake Oahe.

And the Fourth of July did not disappoint –Fort Pierre hosted its annual parade and Pierre’s own Capitol City Band put on a show at the amphitheater!

These celebrations happen because of partnerships between volunteers, businesses and other community organizations. These celebrations also help draw people to Pierre. Through tax dollars, this short-term population influx helps support community services like street repair, swimming pool operations, and public safety efforts. Those same tax dollars help support local non-profits, like the Boys and Girls Club, Capital Area Counseling and PARS.

If you find value in these community celebrations and the benefits they provide to the people who live here, I encourage you to thank the people who pulled these events together. I also encourage you to get involved. Whether you’re a business owner or a potential volunteer, don’t just be silently appreciative, help showcase Pierre!

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