Editorial: Weekly hometown celebrations

In an era when people are often too busy to find time just to relax, Northern Hills communities are providing the cure — weekly hometown celebrations.

We applaud the efforts of Spearfish, Lead, Sturgis, and Belle Fourche in providing residents and others a respite, if only for a few hours.

In Spearfish, the Downtown Friday Night events are so much more than music; they’re a great way to bring the people in the community together. 

Harkening back to the rural community street dance days, both the Spearfish and Belle Fourche events shut down the street to vehicle traffic at the very center of the town, making room for people to gather and socialize. 

Food, spirits, games, and good conversation bring neighbors together, while live music plays in the background like a soundtrack to our lives. It’s a shared experience that uplifts us all.

Appropriately, the Belle Fourche Hometown Thursday’s mantra is “Where friends meet.”

The event began Thursday for this season and will continue through July.

Spearfish was the Northern Hills trailblazer in offering the gatherings beginning in 2005, when First Fridays provided a monthly occurrence. In 2011, Downtown Friday Nights was born, making downtown a hopping spot every Friday. Last night’s concert featuring 35th & Taylor was the kickoff to the 2019 Downtown Friday Nights. Thanks to the Downtown Spearfish Business Association and their sponsors, the concerts will continue through Aug. 30.

The Sturgis Music on Main event is held on Wednesdays and also features a mountain bike race series. There are food trucks, crafts and games for the kids, and a featured band at Harley-Davidson Rally Point. 

Jerry Cole, the Rally & Events Director in Sturgis, said Music on Main is a mid-week break that brings the community together. 

At Lead Live, scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at Manuel Brother’s Park, there will be karaoke, a cornhole tournament and a farmers’ market. 

Organizers encourage residents to “Come down and enjoy some community fun!”

By all means, please do. 

We should hear no more cries of, “There’s nothing to do in my town.”

Thanks to efforts of our Northern Hills communities, it appears to us that there is plenty to “do.” 

So, get out and enjoy. And thank the organizers for providing a great hometown event. 

It’s evidence that a unique part of Americana is still alive and well in small town USA. 

Editorial Board,

Black Hills Pioneer

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