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More towns plan statehood celebration events, activities and projects

PIERRE -- Six more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

New local committees have organized in Willow Lake, Delmont, Iroquois, Wilmot, Castlewood and Yankton.

"There are many great family oriented activities being planned. I invite more towns to create a celebration day or add a history theme to a current annual event," said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

In Delmont, the Fourth of July will be a fun-filled kids' day with a bike safety rodeo, children's identification kit program, bike races, foot races, water games and free watermelon. On Sept. 13 and 14, the town will hold the Kuchen Festival and the Harvest Festival with a parade, live music, kids pedal pull, a craft show, quilt show, art show, German luncheon, South Dakota's Old Time Fiddlers, tractor games and a 125th statehood birthday tree planting. Other events include old farm equipment demonstrations, tractor pull, pancake breakfast, the burying of a time capsule and the honoring of all 125-year-old farms in the area. On Dec. 31, Delmont will host South Dakota's only New Year's Eve afternoon parade and a chili cook-off.

Over the next two weeks, several communities are holding annual festivals with history themes, such as Freeman on July 27 and 28, and Ethan and Delmont on July 4.

Information about creating a local committee is available at under the "Celebration Communities" tab.