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This must officially mean we’re rollin’ in the big time??! Big time or not, I’m so proud of our community, and this article is definately a must read! So get your copy of the January/February 2010 South Dakota Magazine today! I’d love to hear your comments on the article.
Let me get your started, I think you’ll love it…
“Long ago American Indians carried rocks to a designated spot on a hillside, west of present-day Gary…
Take a look at how a piece of history has come alive! The gallery above shows pictures of Buffalo Ridge before and after the renovations took place. However, if you haven’t been over to Gary, SD, to see the magic for yourself, know that these pictures do not to the project justice. You need to see this with your own eyes!!
The number of people who flooded through the campus of Buffalo Ridge on July 3rd and 4th will never be known for sure, but to say “thousands” would not be an exaggeration. A steady stream of visitors was always on the move in the halls of the Herrick Hotel. Others left their footprints in the sand along the edge of newly restored Lake Elsie. Travelers came from both near and far to see see the campus back in its prime.
To view more pictures of the grand opening, CLICK HERE!!!
PS: Don’t forget to make your reservation for a teepee to camp in this summer! Three are available at a cost of $35 each.
Are you heading over to Gary for the holiday weekend? If so, be sure to head down Coteau Street and check out the former South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, now known as the Buffalo Ridge Resort and Business Center. Take a stroll around the campus, where as if by magic, the property has been refreshed back to the days of 1872.
The outside is obviously gorgeous, but wait until you see the inside! The Herrick Hotel will be open for public viewing both Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm. Walk up and down the hallways, rich in history, as the past comes alive. Each of the 19 rooms in the hotel is unique. Every room has its own personal style including exceptional pieces of artwork created by regional artists.
The hotel is booked solid for the 4th of July weekend, however, if you would like to reserve a room for another day call 1-888-200-6074 . Rates will vary depending on the season and which room you will be staying in.
If you are visiting Buffalo Ridge, make sure to take advantage of the numerous other activities available in Gary during the weekend. For a complete list, CLICK HERE!
Hope to see you all in Gary for a historical, fun filled weekend!!
~Post written by Angela Kjenstad
Turtle races or watermelon eating contest, anyone?? Ever seen a real wagon train?? Want to see the former blind school in it’s new glory? It’s GRAND OPENING weekend for Gary’s former School of the Blind, now known as BUFFALO RIDGE on July 3rd! Vote below to let us know if you’ll be joining us.
Gary is definately the place to be over the July 3-4th weekend, so reserve a spot in your schedule for all the cool activities and events. And make sure to bring your dancin’ shoes, Mud Dogs (Minnesota’s top-rated variety band) will be playing on the night of the 3rd. Tours of Buffalo Ridge will also be held throughout the weekend.
Click here to download the July 3-4 Celebration Flyer.
Here’s the activities throughout the entire event. See the July 3-4 Celebration Flyer for event & activity times.
- Kiddie Parade
- Turtle Races
- Sack Races
- Tractor Pull (all ages)
- Whopper Feed
- Schwan’s Ice Cream Social
- Soapbox Derby
- Watermelon-eating Contest
- Bed Races
- Firefighter’s Water Fights
- Talent Contest & Show
- Gary Street Dance (Mud Dogs)
- Fireworks Display
- Pancake Breakfast
- Kid’s Fishing Derby
- Kid’s Carnival & Rides
- Car/Motorcycle/Tractor Show
- Old Fashioned Tractor Pull
- Wagon Train Arrival
- Beans & Weenies Picnic
- Wagon Rides
- Prime Rib Dinner @ 109 Club
- Community Campfire & Sing-along
All Weekend Events:
- Helicopter Rides
- Fine Arts Show
- Antiques & Vendors
- Tours of Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center
Come join in on the fun!
Gary has an awesome new website! Check it out!! www.experiencegarysd.com.
The website features Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center (the former School for the Blind), Gary history & the Gary Historical Association, area events and attractions, lodging, an interactive map of the Gary area & amenities, food & entertainment, a photo gallery, local arts, a business directory, the Gary Interstate, area churches, and the Gate City Development Association.
The website project was a combined effort of Dakota Wind, LLC of Gary SD, and the Gary Historical Association. These organizations partnered with CCM Group to establish a strong brand for the area and website, and to develop the website design and content.
The team also worked on branding for the Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center, the new name for Gary’s former School for the Blind. And the finished product… the logo… is gorgeous!
The website and logos were designed by CCM Group of Canby, Minnesota. CCM Group is an international company based out of Greece that specializes in professional consulting, publishing, and advertising service. Their US headquarters is located in Canby, Minnesota. The Canby office specializes specifically in advertising service side of the buesiness and is headed up by Kelley Nemitz, a Canby native. http://www.groupccm.com/index.html.
Great work Dakota Wind, Gary Historical Association, and CCM Group! Your work is brilliant and the website will be an fabulous asset for our community. Hats off to you!