WHITEWOOD — Hundreds upon hundreds of locals, visitors and former residents filled the quaint town of Whitewood this weekend to celebrate its 125th celebration. Whether it was the show and shine that lined Meade Street, a free barbecue, kids activities, a parade, a 5k run, or just spending the afternoon visiting with family and friends, there was a bit of everything for everyone.
“We are incredibly happy with how everything turned out,” said Bill Termes, the president of the Whitewood Chamber of Commerce.
After a year of planning and the dedicated efforts of several planning committee members, he said they couldn’t have had a better weekend to host the event.
It was all about fellowship this weekend. The streets and sidewalks were bustling with people, some carrying cotton candy or a cold glass of lemonade, to others carrying children on their shoulders to get a better view. Either way, it seemed as though everyone were enjoying themselves.
“We appreciate everyone who helped make this a reality,” Termes said. “You plan, plan, and plan and you still never know what is going to happen. We worked up until the last minute to make sure everything came together ... and it did.”
The biggest draw was the second annual Cruisin’ Whitewood show and shine Saturday on Meade Street. More than 160 automotives were on display, including more than 65 Chevy Camaros whose owners flocked to the show after participating in the Camaro Rally in Sturgis.
Keith Kanyuh of Fargo, N.D. said this was his first time in Whitewood, and he was impressed with the camaraderie and fellowship that was evident.
“It’s just a cool little town,” he said. “It’s got so much more than I expected, and I lucked out showing up the one weekend where they were celebrating their history.”
In the end, Termes said the 125th celebration was a “marvelous” success, and it was a “city-wide” effort to pull off an event of this magnitude.
“We couldn’t be happier,” he said.