October 2021 CEO's Report
Fall is officially here. The leaves are beginning to change, and the temperatures are starting to drop. With these changes, we begin to turn our thoughts to the quickly approaching holiday season. This time of year is a favorite around the Chamber, and we are excited to continue with the tradition of hosting many of the areas favorite holiday events!
It may not be a universally recognized holiday, but it sure is in South Dakota – pheasant hunting season opener is Saturday, October 16, and boy, are we excited! Show off your enthusiasm for the upcoming hunting season by participating in Rooster Rush week, October 11-17. Join us as we roll out the orange carpet and welcome hunters and their families to our area!
November brings our 21st Annual Parade of Lights, a kickoff to the holiday season. Monday, November 22, the Parade of Lights will be marching down our streets spreading holiday cheer! Pierre’s most famous holiday tradition, Christmas at the Capitol, will hold its Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 23. The annual tree display will be showcased until December 26 and is open to the public every day from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM. November 27 is Small Business Saturday and, as always, the Chamber would like to remind the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities to shop small and support our local retail stores as we head into the holiday season.
The Chamber’s Annual Celebration and Community Christmas Party is on Thursday, December 9, featuring hypnotist Kellan Marson. Sure to be a hit, we invite you to join us and bring your friends. We’ve booked the room, planned the meal, and arranged for the entertainment and we welcome you to sit back and enjoy the evening! Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office or on our website at pierre.org. Back by popular demand, the Chamber will be hosting a meet and greet with Santa and his reindeer on Sunday, December 12 at East Pierre Landscape and Garden Center. Bring the kids, grab a cup of cocoa, and get up close and personal with Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the gang.
As you begin thinking about your holiday shopping, or start to add to your own wish list, we urge you to keep our local retailers in mind. We are truly blessed to have so many great options. I also encourage you to support our local non-profits as they roll out their holiday campaigns. There are countless non-profits whose work becomes increasingly important during the holiday season, and it is up to us as community members to help them make a difference! This holiday season we encourage you to stay Loyal2Local!