BELLE FOURCHE — Mayor Gloria Landphere Monday announced the formation of a new committee, entitled “Boost Belle Fourche.” This committee has been created with the mission of spearheading events which will make the community more engaging for its citizens and draw visitation from members of other communities.
The committee’s logo was created by local designer Deb Elliott.
As a Mayor’s committee, members are appointed by Landphere. The current members include: Jim Grapentine, owner of Graps Burgers and Brews; Dirk Hoffman, public works director; Bill Mason, owner of Mason’s Fifth Avenue and The Buck Stop; Darin Newton, Belle Fourche Middle school science teacher; Breanna Schaefer, city finance officer; Kristi Thielen, Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center director; and Krysti Weed, engineering department administrative assistant.
“This committee is about events, not beautification projects or infrastructure. It is well aware of existing, successful events and will work with them and not in opposition to them,” Landphere said.
The committee’s goal is to create events which can be held at specific places within the city: parks, along the River Walk, at the Roundup Grounds, and at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center complex.
“We want to showcase those outstanding venues and build an interest in using them,” Landphere said. “If a specific signature event is eventually held annually at a certain spot, it helps create a unique reputation for that place.”
The Boost Belle committee has selected it first event - “Sweet Corn Days,” scheduled to be held Aug. 13-15 at Herrmann Park.
The committee members believe that music, food, vendors, a farmer’s market, games, and activities could be part of the event. Fun and offbeat things such as corn shucking competitions, corn hole contests, and corn-related crafts and activities for kids will be considered. While the Boost Belle Fourche committee will guide the event, it will look for partners to coordinate with.
Once this late summer event is established, the committee would like to look at additional events to take place at other times of the year, such as a daylong scavenger hunt on the River Walk, a taste of international food event, or a frost fair.
“We will be out there canvassing the community to get input and involvement,” Landphere said. “This is about our town and its organizations working together to help create good signature events for Belle Fourche that will be fun and memorable for everyone.”
For more information about Boost Belle and Sweet Corn Days, Landphere at 892-5261.
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