Getting back to the roots of the original 1977 celebration, organizers of the annual Beef ‘n Fun Days will be moving the beef portion of the event back down to Main Street.
In honoring the 40 years Mobridge business owners have sponsored the event, Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce Executive director Lindsay Scott said there are a couple of reasons why the committee decided to move the meal back down to Main Street and Scherr-Howe Event Center.
“This is where the whole thing started,” said Scott. “Speaking with our business owners, they wanted to see it back downtown.”
In 1977 the replacement of the bed and other repairs to the U.S. Highway 12 Bridge made it necessary for traffic to be monitored by traffic lights and sometimes to have the bridge closed completely. There were times when West River residents were nearly cut off from Mobridge. After the bridge was reopened and the repairs completed, business owners wanted to thank their customers for their support during the time of the repairs.
Beef ‘n Fun was created as a way to show appreciation to thank those who kept coming to Mobridge during the bridge repair work.
What started out as a celebration on Main Street has expanded to a city-wide event, with something to appeal to young and old going on across the two days.
Scott said holding the meal at Scherr-Howe will provide ample seating, out of the elements in a cool environment in which people can enjoy the free meal.
“We are hoping bringing it back to Main Street will draw a bigger crowd again,” she said. “Beef ‘n Fun is about the businesses giving back to their customers and it will be great having it back here.”
Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 9, the MRH&C 5K along the shores of Lake Oahe kicks off the day at 8 a.m. A breakfast on Main Street at the American Legion and the citywide rummage sale also begin at 8 a.m.
New this year is the airboat rides at The Bay from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Registration for the annual classic car, motorcycle and tractor show begins at 9 a.m. and the Mobridge Lions Club will hold a root beer float membership drive at the American Legion from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Action at the Klein Museum annual fundraiser with the flea market, pork sandwich lunch and largest veggie contest gets underway at 9 a.m. (See events listed in the museum story in this edition.)
For sports enthusiasts, the Lady Tiger volleyball team will host Mobridge-Pollock Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m. at the high school gym, and the MYO football jamboree will be held at 10 a.m. at Legion Memorial Field. The Monster Golf Tournament begins at noon at Oahe Hills Golf Course.
The ever popular Pets N’ Stuff pet parade will be held on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. and the South Dakota National Guard will bring inflatables for the kids at the city park from noon until 4 p.m.
The burgers are on starting at 4 p.m. at Scherr-Howe Events. The free meal will include the usual beans, chips and cookie sides.
The annual celebration will wind down with the Mobridge Volunteer Firefighter’s fundraising breakfast on Sunday morning.
The firemen and their families will serve the popular pancake and sausage breakfast to area residents as a fundraiser for the annual truck payment. The breakfast will be served at the fire hall from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The meal is a free-will offering.
– Katie Zerr –