Rushmore's Pride and Heritage Days starts Friday
RUSHMORE -- Classic cars, watercolor painting, zoo animals, ball games, a community parade and street dance are all part of Rushmore's Pride and Heritage Days this Friday through Sunday.
Events get under way with the Lion's Club Pork Chop Feed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the School Park. The feed includes pork chops, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, juice and coffee.
A full range of events will take place on Saturday for the kids, beginning with games, crafts and story time in the school park at 10 a.m., followed by watercolor painting with Bobbie Alsgaard at 11 a.m. and a visit by the Great Plains ZooMobile from 1 to 3 p.m. A Kid's Pedal Pull will begin at 4 p.m. on the school tennis courts. Kids ages four to 11 can compete for trophies, which will be awarded to the top three pullers in each age group. To round out the day, kids and adults alike are invited to take part in a bike parade to lead of the community parade down Thompson Avenue at 6 p.m.
Also on Saturday is a Car Show and Swap Meet, organized by Bruce Boltjes and Terry Deneui. The car show has been a popular event at Pride and Heritage Days for the last seven or eight years, and the Swap Meet is new this year.
"We're setting aside some space outside, plus access to the gymnasium for swap meet items," Deneui said. "Mostly it's car parts -- complete cars to fenders, chassis and anything for classic cars."
Deneui, who owns a repair shop in Rushmore, said the swap meet will add to the car show, which already has more than 40 vehicles pre-registered for Saturday's event, with additional entries expected that day.
"The weather looks good," he said. "I think it's going to be a real good show.
"We have 22 classes this year and we award trophies to the first three places of every class," he added. "The vehicles are judged by the participants. They appreciate how much work has gone into these things and award them properly."
For more information or to register for the car show, call Deneui at 478-4307.
Entries are still coming in for the Pride and Heritage Days Parade, set to begin at 6 p.m. The parade route begins at the intersection of First Street and North Thompson Avenue (main street), and will follow North Thompson for three blocks to Fourth Street before turning west and traveling two blocks to the edge of town.
"Our theme this year is 'Music to my Ears,'" Jacobs said, adding with more than 60 entries thus far, it will be bigger than last year. Additional entries will be accepted Saturday, and if floats want to be judged for awards, they must be in place on South Thompson Avenue by 5 p.m.
"We do have a lot of Princesses coming ... and church groups, 4-H and community groups are our big (entries)," she said. "And, of course, lots of fire trucks."
A bike parade will lead off the community parade, and Jacobs encourages kids and adults of all ages to join in.
A food stand will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and remain open through the Saturday night street dance to the music of Road Trip. The dance is from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Charlotte Dammer, president of the Rushmore Booster Club, said a co-ed softball tournament will also take place in Rushmore. Seven teams have already registered, but it isn't too late to get a team together. Anyone interested in joining in the tournament should contact Bobby Groenewold at 329-0510. The tourney begins Friday night and wraps up Saturday night.
On Sunday, a Community Worship Service will begin at 9 a.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church south of Rushmore.
The Little League Ball Tournament begins at noon on Sunday, with six teams slated to complete.
Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.