Quarry Days event turns 25
June 12. 2012 12:35PM
In its 25th outing, Quarry Days will take over the city of Dell Rapids June 22-24, including longstanding traditions and a few new additions to the annual lineup of events.
Kicking off with the annual Rocky Run Golf Tournament Friday morning and closing with a fireworks display Sunday evening, the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce is hoping this year’s celebration will draw in a large group of attendees.
“Quarry Days is a citywide celebration,” chamber president Charlie Pleskac said. “It’s a great, family, all-ages event.”
One of this year’s schedule changes is the addition of a Kory and the Fireflies concert following Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
The concert will be held Friday, approximately 20-30 minutes after the end of the baseball game at the city campground. “I think it’s going to be a blast,” Pleskac said. “I think it’s a great addition to Quarry Days. I think it’s going to have a very positive impact on the weekend.”
In addition to the concert, this year’s weekend will also open immediately after the return of Argus Leader Tour de Kota participants on Friday.
Picking up the Saturday events will be the seventh annual ESA 5K Run/1-Mile Walk, which will begin at 8 a.m. Vendors will be hitting up the city park both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and this year’s parade will return to its traditional starting place.
Due to 2011’s inclusion of the Shriners in the Quarry Days parade, the parade was begun at the high school. This year’s lineup will occur at St. Mary.
Another omission to this year’s event list is the greased pig contest.
To close out Saturday’s schedule, the Dell Rapids Events Center will host 90 Proof for another dance and concert.
Sunday will pick up with the 24th annual Modifiers Car Show at the park, with fireworks ending the celebration that evening.
Pleskac said that what makes Dells’ summer festival special is that most cities offer two days of events, whereas Quarry Days lasts for three.
“The community as a whole supports the weekend, enjoys the weekend, looks forward to the weekend,” he said. “Our goal is to continue to enhance the Quarry Days experience – to add to it, to build on it. We’re trying to make a positive impact. That’s kind of the indirect result we always want to have – to build up the town.”