WALL | When you think of Wall, S.D., it’s likely you think of the famous Wall Drug Store and the massive expanses of the Badlands National Park. While Wall Drug and the Badlands are fantastic reasons to visit and live in Wall, this summer, Wall will be hosting more than free ice water seekers and Badlands explorers. Summer will bring elephants, acrobats, bucking horses, fireworks, concerts and motorcycles to Wall.
The Shrine Circus dazzled crowds June 29 at the Wall Rodeo Grounds, located off Wall’s South Boulevard. This three-ring circus featured acrobats, clowns and elephant.
The Wall community will celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a fireworks show. The fireworks will be set at dusk, July 3, at the Wall Golf Course, located on Golf Course Road, weather permitting.
This year the Wall community will celebrate its 111th annual celebration July 12-14. Wall Celebration is set to kick-off with three nights of South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA) action, starting July 12th. The Wall Celebration tent will be open July 13-14 on the south end of Main Street, down the street from the famous Wall Drug Store. July 13th activities include a kid’s beanbag tournament, food served by Black Hills Q, and a dance to local band, The Terks. Saturday will feature a day-long celebration, starting with a parade, followed by a stick horse “rodeo,” face painting, bouncy houses, a mechanical bull, an adult beanbag tournament, an all-school alumni program and ending with a dance to Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. If you would like a full event listing or more information on Wall Celebration, visit the event Facebook page www.facebook.com/wallsdcelebration/.
Following the circus and rodeo action of June and July, Wall will host the second annual Wall Crawl, Aug. 4, at the Wall Rodeo Grounds. The Wall Crawl is an all-day event, including: a car and motorcycle show, a whole hog roast, a poker run to benefit the local Mason’s Lodge, and two live concerts featuring local band Loose Change and headlining act 35th & Taylor. The Wall Crawl was started in 2017 by a small group of community members who were tired of waiting for someone else to step up and make a Wall a destination during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For more information about the Wall Crawl, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WallCrawl/.
These events bring more than fun to Wall. The annual Wall Celebration can bring 500 or more people to the tent each night. The SDRA rodeo can host 2,000 to 3,000 people. The Wall Crawl brought 300 attendees in 2017, and the planning team anticipates 600 attendees this year. These events help fill hotel rooms and camping spots, increase traffic to local gas stations, fill seats in local restaurants and provide more customer opportunities for local retail stores.