FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Stanley County business will be holding an event tomorrow as part of the Oahe Dam’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration being noted Friday and Saturday. Oahe Marina, located just below the dam, is planning an “After the Flood” community celebration. It will also be a fundraiser to help those still struggling with expenses from last year’s high river waters. Owner Steve Rounds says the event starts tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. and includes a picnic supper, live music, silent auction and more. Rounds says he hopes the community celebration will help people that need it. It will also be held to recognize some officials for their work during the flood and to note the role the river plays in making this area great.
Oahe Marina was shut down by the flood last year, but Rounds says his business is bouncing back this year. Unfortunately, he says that’s not the case for some area homeowners. The word “Oahe” is said to be a Sioux Indian word meaning “a foundation” and Rounds says it is fitting–as the waterway is a foundation for our way of life in central South Dakota. The picnic will be served starting at four and there will be a beer garden. Rounds says his goal is to raise at least $5,000 for citizens to use in flood recovery.
The Oahe Long Term Disaster Recovery Team has helped with setting up a silent auction, which Rounds says will feature several different items.
A short thank you ceremony will be held and they will recognize Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill and Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball for their work to save the two communities. Also noted will be Governor Dennis Daugaard for what he did to make sure people were safe, secure and in calling out the National Guard. He says others to be thanked are one local business-Morris Inc and a local Corps of Engineer official-Eric Stasch.
The night will end with a huge fireworks display over the water in front of dam. That will start around 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. He reminds people that are attending tomorrow’s festivities to bring a lawn chair and a jacket.
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