Aug. 10, 2018

What's UpNEXT? - Vermillion's Coffee Hour

*Taking place on Ratingen Platz this week!*

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Teramie Hill, VHS Student European WWII Trip

Sponsored by:

Redwood Mediation Services & Legal Assistance

COMING to UpNEXT Coffee Hour:

8/22 - Teresa McDowell Johnson, Vermillion Food Pantry

8/29 - General Election Ballot Measures

ATTENTION: If you receive a phone call or visitor in your business stating they are working with the VCDC, please contact us to verify.



What are the Best. Thursdays. Ever? Thursdays on the Platz in downtown Vermillion!

Your chance to catch free, live music, affordable food & drinks, and tons of summer fun continues now through Aug. 23. Musical acts like 35th & Taylor, Whiskey Rich, and Beard grace the National Music Museum stage each Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Vermillion NEXT Committee and the VCDC. More information can be found at

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Clay County Fair in Vermillion! Happening Aug. 9 – 11, the Clay County Fair is full of all the fair attractions you’d expect, as well as some fun new events. Find exhibits, animals, live music, inflatables, tasty fair food – even a salsa competition! Friday night’s main event is the new donkey races, with familiar community faces as jockeys. The always rousing Demolition Derby is slated for Saturday night this year. Find out more by visiting

Tickets Now On Sale

Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries – now a hit show on Netflix – is coming to the Vermillion Public Library! Join the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library for this memorable event!

There are two ticket options:

$20 Ticket (Limited Quantity Available):

Includes the Author Meet & Greet at Carey’s Bar from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Your ticket will get you a supper catered by Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ and 1 free bar drink! Plus you will meet the author in person!

Afterwards, wander over to the Vermillion Public Library for an Author Talk and Q&A with Craig Johnson, plus book sales and signing (doors open at 5:30 p.m).

$5 Ticket (Proceeds go towards Vermillion Public Library Youth programming):

Author Talk and Q&A with Craig Johnson (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.), plus book sales and signing (8 – 9 p.m.) at the VPL. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

$0/No Ticket:

Barnes & Noble Book Sale and Author Book Signing. Open to the public! (8 – 9 p.m.).

Tickets go on sale July 21 at the Library Circulation Desk.


Visit: and click on the "Things to Do" tab in the center of the page for a comprehensive view of community events. If you don't see your event listed, use the 'Submit New Event' button on our calendar to send us the information. For further assistance, feel free to contact our Marketing & Tourism Manager at

RED Steakhouse and the University of South Dakota are partnering on a survey to help RED understand how they can meet the needs of the community and better serve its customers.

At RED, our vision is to be a landmark destination in downtown Vermillion, an economic development tool and something the entire community can be proud of supporting. We appreciate your input.

Just 2 ½ months left to visit the National Music Museum before it begins preparations for architectural expansion and renovation!

The NMM’s doors will close to the public on Oct. 7, so the last day to visit for a while will be Saturday, Oct. 6 (which also happens to be USD D-Days end day/parade day). Please help get the word out and encourage others to visit! Sundays through Labor Day are free-admission days for South Dakota residents. The NMM’s hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Another good reason to visit: The NMM has just published a cool souvenir book with highlights of their world-class musical instrument collection. For sale in the NMM gift shop.

USDA Rural Development and

the Small Business Administration

Host Joint Lender Meetings

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are holding joint training sessions for lenders to learn about programs and products available to support business lending in South Dakota.

USDA RD staff will explain the Business & Industry (B & I) and the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) guaranteed programs and how lenders can use them to expand their portfolio, while maintaining the personal contacts through servicing. Lenders will also learn about using Farmer Mac as a secondary market, using lender participation to extend your loan limits, and using these programs to meet your CRA goals.

U.S. Small Business Administration will present on the benefits of using the 7(a) Guaranty Loan. This program will allow for a lender to finance new ventures or assist existing businesses in their community by providing extended terms to help small business owners with their business operations and reducing the lenders’ loan risk.

Please make plans to attend one of the sessions below to get the latest information on these guaranteed loan products:

Aug. 15, 2018:

Sioux Falls: 9:00 am – Zeal Center of Entrepreneurship – Main Conference at 2329 N. Career Avenue, Southeast Technical Campus, Sioux Falls, SD

Aug. 22, 2018:

Pierre: 9:00 am – USDA facility at 1717 North Lincoln Avenue, Pierre, SD.

September 20, 2018:

Rapid City: 9:00 am – USDA facility at 414 East Stumer Road, Rapid City, SD.

If you have questions, you can contact David Puls at 605-330-4243 ext. 13 or email at or Dana Kleinsasser at 605-352-1157 or email at

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

This Week’s Happenings

Aug. 10

9a.m.-11:30pm - Clay County Fair at Clay County Fairgrounds

3:00-6:30pm - Local Fare at the Fair at Clay County Fairgrounds

8:00-10 p.m. - Swim-In Cinema at the Prentis Plunge

Aug. 11

9:00am-9pm - Clay County Fair at Clay County Fairgrounds

9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz

10 a.m. - Overeaters Anonymous at the Newman Center

Aug. 12

11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Bloody Mary Sunday at Valiant Vineyards Winery

2:00-2:45pm - Dances of Universal Peace at Vermillion Public Library

Aug. 13

5:30-7 p.m. – Welcome Table Serves a Free Meal at First United Methodist Church

6:30-8:30pm - Celebrate Recovery Cornerstone at the Cornerstone Church

7 p.m. – School Board Meeting at Al Neuharth Media Center

Aug. 14

12 p.m. – Rotary Meeting at the Al Neuharth Media Center

For more information:

4 p.m. – Mahjong at the Vermillion Public Library

7 p.m. - American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Wallace Post 1

Aug. 15

8 a.m. – UpNEXT Coffee Hour *at Ratingen Platz

12:00-1 p.m. – Yappin’ Yotes Toastmasters Club Meeting at Muenster University Center

1:00-4:00 – Knitting Group at the Vermillion Public Library

2:30pm – Cancer Support Group at HyVee

4 p.m. – Mahjong at the Vermillion Public Library

5:00-7 p.m. – Sanford Community Celebration at Vermillion High School Commons

Aug. 16

12 p.m. – Optimist Club Meeting at First Dakota National Bank Conference Room

3:00-7 p.m. – Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Market at Clay County Fairgrounds

5:30-7:30pm – Thursdays on the Platz! Featuring Beard at Ratingen Platz



1 p.m. - Boys' Soccer vs. James Valley Christian (A)

5 p.m. - Girls' Soccer vs. Garretson (H)


3 p.m. - USD Women's Soccer vs. North Dakota (Grand Forks)


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