Category Archives: Mitchell, South Dakota

“Dinosaur 13”: The Story of Sue is Coming to Mitchell!

In 1990,  American paleontologist Pete Larson and his team, while excavating in the South Dakota Badlands, uncovered the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. They named their discovery “Sue”. “Sue” was seized from Larson by the federal government and a ten-year legal battle ensued.  Larson eventually spent 18 months in prison.

Producer Todd Douglas Miller has created a critically acclaimed documentary of the discovery and legal battles, Dinosaur 13, which will be shown from July 29th to September 4th, 2014 at the Logan Luxury Theaters in downtown Mitchell, South Dakota. The reviews from the critics call the movie “engrossing’, “awe-inspiring” and “engaging”.

The Prehistoric Indian Village is encouraging all of members and supporters to see this movie. And, if you show your Old Bones Club membership card, Logan Luxury Theaters will give you one free small popcorn!

For more information on the movie, please visit its website at

For more information about the Prehistoric Indian Village, contact:

Cindy Gregg, Executive Director
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301

Snap – Post – Tag – Win! Instagram Photo Challenge

The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to see how you see Mitchell during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014. Everyone is invited to post photos to Instagram featuring any of the subjects below for a chance to win prizes!

How to play:

  1. Take a photo of any Photo Challenge subject (above)
  2. Post it to Instagram May 3 – 11
  3. Tag the photo with both #MitchellSD and @VisitMitchell

How to win:

  1. A new winner will be drawn from the photos posted each day, May 3 – 11 (That’s 9 chances to win!)
  2. The more pictures you post, the better your chances of being drawn.
  3. Winners will be contacted via Instagram comment from @VisitMitchell.

Activities Planned for National Travel & Tourism Week

The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced several activities happening in town to celebrate the travel and tourism industry and the economic and social contributions it brings to Mitchell.

“Our visitors and the city-wide hospitality team really appreciate all that the community does for tourism, and National Travel & Tourism Week is a perfect reminder to celebrate that,” says Jacki Miskimins, Director of the Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau. National Travel & Tourism Week runs from May 3 – 11 this year.

During National Travel & Tourism Week, the newly revamped Community & Visitor Guide will be distributed to local and regional residents. The annual guide was redesigned this year in a more user-friendly, magazine-style format, according to Miskimins. “With the new design, we hope to renew pride in the community – and, of course, spread the word about our great city! There are amazing gems right in front of us, and we wanted to remind our region of all that Mitchell has to offer.”

The CVB is also hosting two contests via social media: a photo challenge on Instagram and a reverse scavenger hunt on their Facebook page. “We had a lot of fun with our reverse scavenger hunt last year, and definitely wanted to bring it back. But we also want to give the community a chance to show off what they love about Mitchell, so we’re bringing in the photo challenge as well.” Instagram users can play by taking pictures in town and posting them to the social sharing site tagged with #MitchellSD and @VisitMitchell.

“Anyone can participate in the photo challenge. The more pictures you post, the better your chances of winning!” Miskimins explains. A new winner will be drawn from each day’s entries. A list of photo challenge subjects follows.

Photo Challenge Subjects:
  1. Corn Palace
  2. Prehistoric Indian Village
  3. Dakota Discovery Museum
  4. Carnegie Resource Center
  5. McGovern Legacy Museum
  6. Visitor Information Center (‘Welcome Cabin’)
  7. Lake Mitchell
  8. Historic Main Street
  9. Any public park (name the park in your caption)
  10. Your favorite restaurant (name the restaurant in your caption)
  11. Your favorite spring activity – Jogging? Riding your motorcycle? Gardening? etc.
  12. Your favorite view in Mitchell – Your front porch? Softball fields? etc.

Tag pictures with #mitchellsd and @VisitMitchell to enter!

Additionally, a free community tour will be provided on Friday, May 9. This tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, and will feature fun facts and trivia about tourism while visiting each of Mitchell’s attractions. The tour is free but participants must preregister by calling 996-6223.

To further encourage residents to visit these attractions, free admission will be offered May 9-11. By offering free admission, the CVB and attractions hope to increase awareness, appreciation, and word-of-mouth referrals to visiting friends and family members as well the Mitchell community.

Though it falls after the official conclusion of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Convention and Visitors Bureau also encourages community members to attend “The Exceptional Employee Seminar,” a talk by V.J. Smith to be held May 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Highland Conference Center. This event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, South Dakota Department of Tourism, and Trail King Industries. Cost is $10 per person; interested participants should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 996-5567 to register.

“With tourism season about to kick off, it’s a great time of year to focus on the benefits tourism provides for our community. Mitchell welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and we want to celebrate all that our great city does for each and every one,” said Miskimins.

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May.


About Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau markets and promotes the Mitchell area in order to attract leisure and group travelers, pheasant hunters, conferences, conventions, meetings, athletic and sporting events, and other related events to Mitchell. The CVB aims to provide positive and meaningful experiences that bring visitors back to Mitchell year after year while improving the quality of the life for Mitchell residents.

Jacki Miskimins, Director
Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mitchell’s ‘Friend de Coup’ a Community Treasure

Dozens of performers, singing, dancing, and playing instruments in a concerted, professionally choreographed, award-winning effort to entertain and inspire hundreds of audience members. Sound like a show you can’t miss? You’d be right – and the surprise is, these are high school students. If you’re looking for something to do in Mitchell, look no further. Friend de Coup, Mitchell’s High School Show Choir, is a community treasure and a great way to kick cabin fever when South Dakota winter kicks in.

Each year these students work hundreds of hours perfecting their vocals, their instruments, and their choreography to bring home the hardware – dozens of trophies for their consistently award-winning shows. Friend de Coup travels the country each spring to compete against show choirs from across America, and does not often come home empty-handed. For good reason – check out this year’s competition set (link will take you to YouTube):

Friend de Coup 2014 Comp Set

More than just lining the High School hallways with trophies, Friend de Coup also entertains the community by putting on several community shows each winter. This starts around the holidays with their ‘Up With Show’ performance, which serves as a holiday-themed show as well as a fundraiser for the costumes, equipment, and travel their competition season demands. In January, before hitting the competition trail, a free performance is given to the community to show off their set before taking it on the road. The season closes with Dinner Theatre, featuring multiple compilation performances as well as many individual/small group performances. These ‘specials’ are an opportunity to see (and hear) the incredible talent percolating in the high school hallways. And, of course, dinner is served.

Additionally, several show choirs from around the state and country troop to Mitchell each March to perform in the Mitchell Show Choir Classic, a premier show choir competition held at the World’s Only Corn Palace. This show is open to the public, and fans can come and go as they please throughout the day. The morning typically consists of preliminary performances, with finalists repeating their set in the afternoon. Friend de Coup, as hosts, perform their set as an exhibition piece while the judges compile the day’s scores, and by evening a new champion is crowned. For those who love live music, song, and dance, the Show Choir Classic is a day that can’t be beat.

There’s always something new to discover in Mitchell! If you happen to be near town next winter, make it a point to discover one of Mitchell’s greatest treasures – Friend de Coup.