Mitchell Celebrates South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary

The Rodeo Grounds will be the site of food, history, children’s activities, and horse-drawn wagons on Tuesday, September 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Families, friends, and guests will enjoy an evening full of musical entertainment by Fiddler Nelson, hands-on activities for children provided by the Ingalls Homestead of DeSmet, food for purchase from two local businesses, and an amazing program rich in the history of the Native American culture, the Mitchell area, and South Dakota’s statehood. Presenters include local historian, Lyle Swenson, Director of Historic Preservation for the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Lyle Miller, and John Timm will impersonate South Dakota’s first Governor, Arthur C. Mellette.

Bring your family, set up your lawn chairs and relax as we celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary! The entertainment is free to the public and is sponsored by the City of Mitchell, Dakota Discovery Museum, South Dakota Humanities Council, and the Regional Marketing Committee.

Evening Event Schedule:

4 p.m.—7 p.m. Open for the Public to View Wagons
5 p.m.—7 p.m. Food & Beverages Available (for purchase)
4 p.m.—6 p.m. Musical Entertainment by Fiddler Nelson
5 p.m.—7 p.m. Kid’s Activities by Ingalls Homestead of DeSmet
6 p.m. Opening Ceremony & Reenactment of Governor C. Mellette (SD’s First Governor)


Admission to the event is FREE; please bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the alternate location is the Sherman Center at DWU. The event will be held at the Rodeo Grounds, located on North Hwy 37, Mitchell, SD. For more information call 605-996-6223 or visit