VERMILLION — Everyone is welcome to the fourth annual River Honoring event, set for June 9, 2019, Bring potluck food at 5:30 p.m. to the Clay County Park shelter, located in Clay County Park on Timber Road, Vermillion.

The River Appreciation Day Committee states this community potluck filled with friendship and music along the banks of the Wild and Scenic Missouri River.

This informal gathering is open to one and all. Bring a dish to pass, drink of choice and a chair for enjoying the music. We can make the event “zero waste” by bringing our own plates and silverware, though paper plates will be provided.

The event is free, sponsored in part by the Vermillion Cultural Association, University of South Dakota Department of Sustainability and Environment, and the South Dakota Arts Council.

Music begins at 6 p.m. with HOYEYA, a Lakota Drum Group led by USD student Tanner Drappeau from Ihankthunwan Nation (Yankton Sioux Tribe). Hoyeya means “send a voice” in the Lakota language.

Immediately following the drum group will be Americana/Bluegrass band East of Westreville from Sioux Falls. This four-piece acoustic band harmonizes and creates mesmerizing melodies. They might even get you dancing. More information regarding the band can be found at

The music, food and friendship are enhanced by the vista from the Park shelter. Clay County Park sits midway along the 59-mile stretch of Wild and Scenic classified section of river. This stretch is now part of the U.S. National Park Service. There is a grassy field, and frisbees, bubbles, kites and other games are welcome during the event.

There is no rain date for this event. Watch the forecast and plan accordingly.

More information can be found by contacting coordinator Grace Freeman at 605-670-0540.

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