Hettinger celebrates America’s 243rd birthday
Hettinger celebrated a successful Independence Day this year with an event-packed week. People showed their American pride and patriotism through baseball events, a parade and, of course, fireworks.
For people visiting town, there was plenty to do.
“There were events all throughout the week,” said the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Adams County Development Corporation Jasmin Fosheim. “The week kicked off with baseball and Helping Hettinger Day. Wednesday night we had the band Dirty Word in town playing at the Hettinger Fair Grounds, and then Thursday started with the West River Health Services Fun Run and Walk.”
Like every year, the annual fireman’s breakfast kicked off the Fourth of July festivities.
After breakfast, people dressed up like characters from the Wizard of Oz for the “There’s No Place Like Home” parade. Scarecrows, lions, and witches paraded down Hettinger’s Main Street to celebrate their hometown.
“My favorite event on the 4th is the parade. It’s just incredibly exciting to see everyone lined up along Main Street and see the creativity of the different floats that come through the parade,” said Fosheim. “There were some pretty realistic looking Dorothys, Todos, and Glendas running down the street.”
The results from the parade are as follows:
Best Vehicle Entry – Dakota Plains Credit Union
Best Patriotic – Memory Works Fireworks
Best Youth – Lil’ Hawks Daycare
Best Business – Uecker Yards
Best Theme – West River Health Services
After the parade and the free noon meal at the Hettinger Granary, kids could run their hearts out on the inflatables at Mirror Lake Park.
“The inflatables were a big hit,” said Fosheim. “This year we found a more local company based out of Faith, South Dakota for the inflatables and they were great to work with, so we intend on working with them in the future.”
The fun wasn’t just for the kids. There was something for everybody including a Big Bang Scramble golf tournament, a volleyball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, bingo, and the Jaycees incredible fireworks show.
Already, Fosheim said the Chamber is preparing for next year’s Fourth of July.
She explained, “We were able to take notes on what worked and what didn’t because next year, the 4th is on a weekend and so it will be a much bigger celebration.”
Fosheim encouraged people from the Hettinger area to brainstorm and implement their own ideas to make the Fourth of July an even better experience for everyone.
“Most of the events that the Chamber puts on are the same from year to year,” said Fosheim. “The Chamber does such a wonderful job putting on this big celebration, but if there is something new that people want to see or be expanded on, we encourage people to take on events next year because there is only so much that a few board members can do.”